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Bureaucratic convenience

New Brexit border rules could cut the shelf life of fresh food from mainland Europe by a fifth and leave some deliveries from the EU unsaleable, major food bodies have warned.

The SPS Certification Working group, which represents 30 trade bodies covering £100bn of the UK’s food supply, has said new rules requiring importers to notify authorities a day before they arrive in the UK was “unfeasible” and could mean that some European businesses decide to stop supplying the UK.

Currently, suppliers in the EU do not need to notify the UK government before delivering meat and dairy products, meaning deliveries can arrive in the UK within hours of being dispatched from their farms or processing plants in the EU.

However, under new border rules coming into effect in April, the government requires importers to notify the UK authorities at least a day before they arrive at a border post, which businesses fear will add huge delays to deliveries of perishable goods.

No reason for this other than the convenience of the bureaucrats who process the paperwork.

Fire them all.

9 thoughts on “Bureaucratic convenience”

  1. Well, yes, fire them all. But this is not a particularly onerous requirement. Surely they know what they are going to put on the lorry,

  2. Is this an example of new global food system mentioned in the next post? You know, one that works really well until politicians and bureaucrats stick their oar in?

  3. Hmmm..
    Dairy… transported chilled and at least pasteurised.
    Meat… transported frozen stiff.
    Can’t be a one day delay in transport that could possibly affect “shelf life”. So must be something else that’s got peeps in a tiff..

    Oh wait… It interferes with their notion of JIT… And they might have to actually ( shock, horror, m’aidez!!!!) maintain a proper stock!!
    That’s… actual work!! Requiring.. eeeeuuwww…. actual smelly workers!!
    Can’t have that!!!

  4. It’s not a day of waiting delay in transit, its sending the paperwork a day before goods get to the UK.
    Anything coming from south of Paris you could file as the lorry drives off.

  5. Bloke in the Fourth Reich


    Do they always know?

    It’s like the US ESTA roolz.

    Sure if you are planning your trip of a lifetime, you get it well in advance.

    If you might, just might, have a job that occasionally means you have to go to the US at less than 72 hours notice, something which is completely foreign to most people but has happened to me, and thousands of others, quite frequently, then you make sure you have one at all times. Or risk missing out.

    And surely prices of fresh foods can vary sufficiently quickly that you don’t want either bureaucratic waste or risk of not being able to ship tomatoes instead of broccoli.

  6. Clearly written by someone who has never worked in the food industry or been anywhere near a distribution network.
    If you are moving chilled/frozen goods the supermarkets will look at the temperature log when you arrive and if your chillers/freezers temperature varied outside a set limit they would refuse to take the goods, people who deal with stuff like that aren’t going to be bothered by having to file some forms a little bit earlier

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