Brexit: German business slams UK for customs issues

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A German logistic business has slammed Britain for voting leave amid troublesome new customs rules post-Brexit. DW News spoke to one hard-up export firm in Germany where staff told of lorries being stuck for days waiting for clearance at customs. While other staff at the freight company spoke of “tons of extra work” needed to complete bureaucratic forms for goods traveling to the UK. 

A German logistics manager told DW News: “We don’t have enough vehicles for the same amount of freight.

“Now a truck is gone for a full day or if something goes wrong two days longer.

“At the moment one truck has been stuck in France for two days because the paperwork wasn’t correct.

“The none of our planning works out.”

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The biggest headaches are with imports from the UK, concluded the DW News report.

The DW News presenter added: “There is not enough staff to prepare the necessary paperwork.

“That’s why the company no longer accepts orders where there is bound to be chaos at customs.

“Everything changed with the UK officially left the EU on January 31 2020.”

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The German logistic firm’s “England department” reported “tons of extra work” since the end of the Brexit transition period.

“There are new customs clearances,” one staff member told DW News.

“So every day it takes about two hours longer per person.”

The manager of the company added: “All of these extra costs are just for the additional bureaucracy.”

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It comes as Leave-voting shellfish producer Nerys Edwards told the German TV channel that voting to leave was still a “good thing” and dismissed the fears of doom-mongers who talk down Britain’s future prospects.  

Ms Edwards told DW News: “I think I was a little naive.I knew we would have some changes, I knew the paperwork would change.

“I didn’t realize quite how drastically or significantly that would be.

“I still believe that long-term it is a good thing.”

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