A food shortage has forced Britain to postpone the introduction of new requirements for imports from the European Union (EU). To cope with a shortage of goods in stores, the United Kingdom has postponed the start of border checks from January to July 2022. This was announced by the British Prime Minister’s special representative for negotiations with the EU on Brexit, David Frost, whose words are quoted by Bloomberg.
Importers also had to start notifying border guards of the arrival of food items and providing additional documents. These rules will also begin to be implemented only in July 2022. “We want businesses to focus on recovering from the pandemic rather than facing new demands at the border,” Frost said. “Businesses will now have more time to prepare for new measures.”
New import checks would put additional strain on supply chains at a time when retailers are looking for ways to deal with shortages. The EU is the UK’s largest trading partner, and about 30 percent of all food consumed in the UK comes from the bloc.
However, imported goods from the EU still need to be accompanied by declarations, and new clearance requirements will come into effect on January 1, 2022. The UK logistics industry has warned that the EU does not have enough specialists to provide the necessary documents, and the infrastructure of British ports is not ready for additional customs checks.
Supply chain disruptions were due to local lockdowns associated with new coronavirus outbreaks and Britain’s exit from the EU. For example, truck drivers faced difficulties in obtaining work visas. The shortage of truckers meant that the Scots had to throw away food, as there was no one to supply it to customers. The government tried to get out of the crisis by relaxing the requirements for obtaining a driver’s license, but not all politicians agreed on the effectiveness of this method. Employees are also lacking in other areas, which is hampering the recovery of the British economy.