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Animal and plant product checks to be introduced from the end of this month


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The government is due to start bringing in new paperwork requirements for EU businesses sending animal and plant products to the UK from the end of this month, with physical inspections beginning in April.

Officials said on Thursday that there would be no further delays to the introduction of the border checks, which have been postponed five times since the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement came into force in January 2021. The scheduled launch date has prompted concerns across industry: food importers have warned about gaps on supermarket shelves, while Dutch flower growers have said the extra paperwork will land ahead of events including Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day.

In a letter seen by the Financial Times, Labour frontbencher Nick Thomas-Symonds warned deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden that the January 31 start date ran the risk of queues at ports, delays to imports and increases in inflation, particularly in food prices. UK faces post-Brexit border disruption at end of January, Labour says (ft.com)

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