PARIS: Officials have promised for months that the flow of goods and services between Britain and the European Union will remain smooth after the Brexit, but a series of hiccups and delays suggest that the days of skeptical trade may be over. Go through
Here are some of the issues that have come up since the UK officially withdrew from the bloc on January 1, despite a last-minute agreement on future trade relations.
New customs and administrative customs are now required for British goods entering the European Union. Except for this theory, between Spain and the British Territory of Gibraltar, and between Northern Ireland (UK) and Ireland (EU).
While the majority of deliveries continue, others have been subjected to stricter checks.
On Friday, six cargoes bound for EU member Ireland were diverted to the port of Hollyhead, Wales, due to a lack of proper paperwork, Stena Line ferries said.
Even in Northern Ireland, there have been reports of shortages in Sainsbury’s grocery stores due to new import health certificates imported from the UK.
“A small number of our customers in Northern Ireland are temporarily unavailable while border arrangements have been confirmed,” Sansebury said in a statement.
And this week in France, many fresh food and drink shelves at Marks & Spencer stores in Paris were empty when they couldn’t save the famous British-made sandwiches, pork and other British fare.
“Due to new UK / EU import legislation, we regret that some of your favorite items may be missing. We are working hard to get them back as soon as possible.” The signs were spoken in both French and English.
“I never thought it would have any consequences. It’s a shame, I come at least once or twice a week,” said Ann, an architect at M & S Food on Boulevard Montgomery. Told AFP outside the store.
European retailers have reported difficulties selling to British buyers due to new rules on the application of value added sales tax (VAT).
By 1 January, the UK needs a customs declaration on all packages between the UK and the EU, and trade is subject to VAT.
To complicate matters: For products shipped to the UK costing less than 5 135 (ی 150, $ 185), the seller pays a tax.
But if the price is more than 5 135, VAT is levied on the recipient – which forces EU businesses to make a fuss to improve their policies.
Scandinavian Outdoor, a Finnish-based clothing and accessories retailer, has completely stopped selling to the UK.
“Ordering will be possible as soon as our UK VAT-registration and the whole process of selling Brexit after the UK is set up!” Says a message on their website.
Many shipping companies have begun paying additional administrative costs to customers, including France’s Post, which has added “extra fees” to e-commerce retailers that can be provided to clients. British consumers who have streamed TV services to enjoy their shows on the continent, for example the thousands of people who spend the winter in sunny parts of Europe – have seen their offer limited ۔ Amazon Prime warned clients in late December that after Brexit, “UK users like themselves will not have access to the full UK catalog when traveling to EU countries.”
Sky TV has also pulled the plug to access specific channels in the block to comply with EU rules requiring a single digital market – of which the UK is no longer a part.
Until 1 January, British passengers are allowed to purchase “duty free” liquor, cigarettes and other goods at special shops at ports or airports, or on planes and ferries.
A new duty-free store is set to open by October in the northern French port of Calais, near the mouth of the Eurotunnel.
But the mayor of Calais wants to go further and allow duty-free shops across the city to take advantage of the crowds of commuters every day.
“This will allow customers to immediately benefit from tax-free sales, and will help the whole region grow,” Mayor Natacha Bouchard told AFP on Tuesday.
Marcelo Mina, head of Italy’s customs and monopoly agency, also sees an opportunity to make the customs system “more efficient” at Brexit.
He predicted a 20 per cent reduction in administrative costs by creating a “customs free zone” within the EU, where no VAT or duty would be levied on goods imported by these companies.