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Brexit chaos: UK exports to EU fell 68% in January

DUBLIN: Brexit troubles began to emerge one by one. UK exports to the European Union fell 68% in January, according to the latest report. An industry spokesman said 75% of trucks entering the UK from the EU were returning empty due to the Brexit interruptions. British exports are estimated to have fallen due to disruptions to UK ports following Brexit.

This is one month after the end of the Brexit transition period. But this has not been confirmed by the UK. The British government said that disruption at the border was minimal. International members at the UK-based Road Haulage Association confirmed a sharp drop in exports in January.

The RHA has repeatedly called on the British government to help the industrial world eliminate post-Brexit red tape. For several months, the RHA had issued a number of warnings to the government about the Brexit-related export problems following Britain’s exit from the European Union. Earlier this month, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett wrote a letter to Michael Gove, Britain’s Cabinet Office minister.

He called for an immediate increase in the number of customs agents to assist companies in paperwork and other matters. There are currently tens of thousands of customs agents in the UK. This is only one-fifth of what the RHA demanded. Mr. Burnett said 75% of trucks entering the UK from the European Union return empty because of delays and disruptions in the UK. He said the attitude of ministers who do not pay attention to industry and experts is disappointing and annoying.

The UK government has said it has been in touch with the region and has not received any export figures. The government said in a statement that the movement of goods was returning to normal. Since the beginning of this year, new trade arrangements have been made for businesses and hauliers, including companies and employees in Northern Ireland. Some businesses have not been able to obtain new customs declarations and health certificates due to the pandemic, the UK government explains.

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