British meat, seafood exports to EU recovered in February — govt. official

Reuters – Britain’s meat and seafood exports to the European Union recovered in February from the January slump that followed the country’s exit from the EU’s single market and customs union, a government official said recently, citing preliminary data.

Additional checks and paperwork for British exports since the end of the Brexit transition period on Dec. 31 have led to delays and crippling costs for many businesses, putting mounting pressure on the Conservative government that ushered in Brexit to find solutions.

Britain’s goods exports to the EU in January slumped 40.7 per cent from December, with a 64 per cent fall in exports of food and live animals, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Indications are that exports recovered sharply in February however, according to an official from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), citing data on export health certificates (EHCs).

The data, said David Kennedy, Defra director general for farming and biosecurity, shows EHCs — now required for all animal product exports to the EU — doubled in February versus January levels.

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