Importing products from outside the UK is no longer a simple or cheap feat. The new regulations have caused price increases in all aspects of supply and delivery, making it more challenging than before. Patricia Michelson, director and founder of cheesemongers La Fromagerie explained: “As we navigate the red tape and extra paperwork as well as all the costs to bring in goods from the EU, the amount of money is racking up.”
Alex Marsh, CEO of Tweakd, a pre-prepared meal and juice brand, stated that the new regulations have made importing specialty products, like cooked meat and fish, from France “much, much harder”. He said the “badly thought out, last-minute bureaucratic madness” and the “incredibly convoluted British import system” caused import times to increase from about three days to five weeks, as well as adding costs.”
Brexit has caused many issues for both UK independents and European food suppliers, and with potentially long-lasting disruptions to the supply chain from the war in Ukraine, fine food retailers need to create solutions.