Exports from UK to EU down 68% since Brexit trade deal, say hauliers
Exports from Britain to the European Union fell by 68% in January as trade was disrupted after the end of a transition period following Britain’s departure from the European Union, according to a new survey of international hauliers.
Since the start of the year, businesses and hauliers have had to adapt to new trading arrangements, including new systems for companies and officials in Northern Ireland.
The government did not confirm the data and said disruption at the border had been minimal since Britain completed its journey out of the EU’s orbit at the of 2020 following an agreement on trading arrangements.
Some businesses have struggled with new customs declarations and health certificates as the coronavirus pandemic also hits firms.
International members at the Road Haulage Association (RHA) reported a 68% fall in exports in January, the group said on Twitter.
The government said it engages with the sector and does “not recognise the figure provided on exports.”
“Thanks to the hard work of hauliers and traders to prepare for change, disruption at the border has so far been minimal and freight movements are now close to normal levels, despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said in a statement.
Posted on Feb 08, 2021.