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New Brexit Border Tax Is Met with Opposition from UK Companies

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Unexpectedly, information on post-Brexit tariffs on EU imports of food and plants has surfaced, drawing a barrage of complaints from UK companies. The charges, which have been called a “hammer blow,” give firms less than one month to get ready before they go into effect on April 30.

The expenses of these protracted inspections were disclosed by the UK government, and they ranged from £10 for “low risk” items to an astounding £145 for “mixed consignments.” Trade associations quickly voiced their disapproval of the plans, citing concerns about rising costs and less options for consumers as European suppliers withdraw from the UK.

The Institute of Export & International Trade’s director general, Marco Forgione, denounced the accusations and emphasized how they disproportionately affected small and medium-sized businesses. He issued a warning, saying that these levies might completely wipe out a business’s profit and deter EU trade from the UK.

The recently enacted flat “common user charge” is intended to defray the costs of veterinary and health inspections on animal and plant products, even though the UK does not levy tariffs on items from the EU. Business associations, on the other hand, oppose this change, claiming that it will result in a large increase in expenses, particularly for smaller importers.

Logistics UK’s Nicholas Mallon expressed worries about the charges’ possible inflationary impact and cautioned that customers may end up paying more as a result. Nonetheless, the government insists that the effect on the price of food and beverages will be negligible, amounting to less than a 0.2 percent rise over a three-year period.

Businesses prepare for the economic ramifications as tensions over the new border tax mount, and consumers wait nervously to see how pricing and product availability may be affected.

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