Brexit news: UK exporters rampage against EU bureaucracy “Lack of understanding is shocking” | City & Business | Finance

Overall, 45% of businesses reported problems, according to data from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). In January 2021, VAT and customs controls on UK goods entering the EU were introduced as part of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). The second part of UK border controls on incoming goods will be phased in from January 2022. Under the ATT, the UK and the EU have agreed to apply zero tariffs on goods. However, to qualify, companies must ensure that the goods meet requirements such as rules of origin.

The BCC surveyed 981 companies about their experiences with the ATT and launched a new report on how to improve trade.

A professional services company from Herefordshire complained: “Different countries in the EU apply the rules incorrectly and still do not accept our documents despite being complete”.

Meanwhile, an East Midlands wholesaler explained that another issue was: “EU customers don’t understand the change the EU has made to their ability to buy from us.

“It is mainly the lack of understanding that the EU requires from businesses that they now pay VAT at the point of import (mainly without a VAT deferral program) as well as the cost of customs clearance fees.

Today’s figures on companies reporting difficulties show a marked increase during this period, with just 30% reporting problems buying and selling goods in January 2021.

Liam Smyth, Managing Director of ChamberCustoms, said: “At ChamberCustoms, we work day in and day out with businesses to help them navigate the complexities of international trade.

“We have seen a huge demand for our trade services with the EU since the implementation of the ATT, and we know firsthand what challenges businesses on the ground face.”

Shaun Haviland, Managing Director of UK Chambers of Commerce, added: ‘The government has ambitious targets for the UK export sector, which we share, and if these are to be met we need to improve the business trading experience. with our closest and most important business partner. “

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According to Mr. Haviland, although the ATT has “structural flaws”, these are repairable.

In particular, the BCC calls for a VAT cooperation agreement with the EU in the same way as it currently exists with Norway.

They also want a compromise on the Northern Ireland Protocol, ideally in early 2022.

Mr Haviland concluded: “We hope that these figures, together with our report detailing the companies’ experiences and suggesting ways forward, will provide an opportunity for an honest dialogue on how we can improve our business relationship with the company. ‘EU.

“The government must ensure that our importers and exporters can fully play their role in the UK’s economic recovery by unleashing their ability to trade as freely as possible with European markets.”

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