UK fruit exports to the EU plummet  after Brexit

Wed 31/05/2023 by Richard Wilkinson

The UK’s fruit exports to the EU have paid a heavy price for Brexit, with their value more than halving between March 2021 and March 2023, according to new data published by the UK government’s tax department HMRC.  

The introduction of new trade barriers, including health certificates and customs paperwork, led to UK fruit exports to the EU dropping to £113.8m for the 2-year period. Long delays at UK ports and red tape are dissuading many fruit farmers from sending their produce abroad.

Further barriers might be imposed on imports of EU fresh produce to the UK at the end of 2023.


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