No food for Brexit
The UK food supply chain is looking at huge disruption once Brexit kicks in unless the government is able to draw up clear plans for frictionless trade. Chris Sturman, chief executive of trade body the Food Storage and Distribution Federation, says delays to the 14,000 trucks crossing the Channel on a daily basis could cause severe food supply problems.
Almost 30% of the UK food supply comes from the EU, with imports running to £319 billion, with UK exports total £230 billion.
"We need to be assured that customs and non-tariff barriers are removed to facilitate movement of goods as well as a rationalisation of government border controls to avoid delays and costs,” says Sturman.
Things are looking bleak right now. In a recent report, the Institute for Government accused the UK revenue and customs of leaning on outmoded technological solutions to help it after Brexit.
Food-trading partner Ireland is investing €8.8 million in the launch of a new National Food Innovation Hub to help the country's crucial food sector better manage Brexit.
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