New charges on food and drink imports could hit SMEs hardest, say trade experts

Institute of Export and International Trade
Thursday, April 4, 2024
The government has released details on the charges that will be levied for food and drink goods entering the UK from abroad, raising concerns from trade experts about the likely effect on smaller businesses and the UK’s post-Brexit trade. Yesterday (3 April), the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) released the rates and details of the Common User Charge, which will apply to imports entering the UK through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, regardless of whether they are stopped for checks at the border control post (BCP). The charge will apply to both EU and non-EU sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) goods, and is part of the government’s Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) that is meant to deal with the UK’s post-Brexit trading regime.
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