BCC calls for ‘urgent action’ to improve UK-EU trade

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has urged for immediate action to promote EU trade.

According to a BCC study, 60 per cent of UK exporters said they were having trouble trading with the EU. The amount of vehicles waiting to enter the port, according to the industry group, “also presents a graphic example of the challenges that continue to impede the implementation of the trade deal between the UK and the EU.”

The BCC has issued a set of suggestions aimed at improving commerce between the United Kingdom and the European Union. Supplementary agreements to minimise complexity around food exports, exemptions for small businesses from having to register for VAT in several countries for online sales, and a more pragmatic approach to the enforcement of import customs declarations are among the ideas.

The BCC’s Head of Trade Policy, William Bain, said:

‘No one expects goods to flow freely across the Channel as they did before Brexit, but the way the trade agreement is being interpreted in 27 different EU countries is causing major headaches for UK businesses, particularly smaller businesses that lack the financial resources to set up new EU-based arrangements.

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