New plans for post-Brexit border checks on goods coming into the U.K. will deter many EU suppliers and push up food prices, a trade body has said.
BBC News reports that the U.K. government says its proposals will prevent delays by reducing the need for physical checks for many goods. But the Cold Chain Federation said it was "deeply concerned" by the complex forms and costs involved to exporters.
The Cabinet Office said it was a "huge step forward for the safety, security and efficiency of our borders."
The plans - which have been delayed several times - are designed to introduce checks the U.K. is required to make under its Brexit trade agreement with the EU.
But Shane Brennan, chief executive of the Cold Chain Federation, which represents chilled food traders, said the new regime will hamper trade.
"Imagine you're a U.K. and EU food exporter of Parma ham or buffalo mozzarella. As of October you need to know more complex rules, find a local vet, pay them €200-700 ($218-$765) to fill in complex forms, find a specialist haulier, pay a customs agent and pay U.K. inspection charges of up to £42. A significant number of those types of exporters will choose not to do it," he said.
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