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Plant imports are up 11.5% and exports down 39% since Brexit according to new Defra Plant Health – international trade and controlled consignments statistics.
‘This flies in the face of common sense and the government’s commitment to high levels of animal and human health,’ say experts.
Minister expected to frame move as a use of UK’s independent powers despite industry reports of unreadiness.
The U.K. is postponing checks on imported food and fresh products from the EU until the end of 2023, as it announced a review of the post-Brexit regime.
A renowned Lancashire based orchid expert has decided to stop selling hardy orchids after getting increasingly frustrated with red tape post-Brexit.
There has been no progress made by Defra and the horticulture industry in securing permission for UK growers to export currently prohibited plants to the EU.
Johnsons of Whixley, which sells over 5 million plants per year, said in a press release yesterday that the “bureaucratic burden” of Brexit had reduced revenue, increased cost and slowed its supply chain.
Brexit is predictably causing delays and shortages. Phytosanitary regulations for the rest of the world are now imposed on seeds and plants from the EU. Products that were harmonised with UK standards till December 2020 may no longer be acceptable.
A SCOTTISH business has revealed how it missed out on a whopping £50,000 worth of EU funding due to Brexit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to the CBI about a visit to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park in Hampshire this week, which led Agrumi to update on its fight to have its exports of ligustrum topiary sculptures be allowed to be exported again.
Britain's turkey farmers will do their best to ensure Christmas "is as normal as it can be" but shortages are likely, an industry representative has warned.
Many Brits will be forced to go without a Christmas turkey this year because of Brexit labour shortages, MPs were told this afternoon.
UK-grown Ligustrum topiary plant sculptures cannot be exported to EU markets under current rules post-Brexit and Defra says there are no steps being taken to remedy this.
Most popular house plants cost eight per cent more than before Brexit, while garden centres have cut back options.
Increased costs and restrictions on the UK horticulture industry to export to the EU have seen a 39% drop in the value of trade in the first six months of the year.
A Devon garden centre company has blamed Brexit for a staff shortage as it gives away £100,000 worth of plants for free.
Centers do not have the staff needed to look after the plants.
Johnsons of Whixley group MD Graham Richardson is seeing a prolonged season but Brexit plant inspection costs - as well as the peat issue - are causing disquiet.
A top European Union official said Wednesday that Britain could face retaliatory tariffs or other sanctions after talks failed to resolve an increasingly heated dispute over implementation of their post-Brexit trade deal in Northern Ireland.
New APHA plant health fees of up to £183 could damage UK nurseries.
Plant supply has been tough, while Glendoick's field-grown ericaceous plant exports have been hamstrung by post-Brexit rules not allowing plants with soil on them to go to EU countries. However, Northern Ireland is back in the market after Westminster decided to break EU rules and allow exports.
EU proposes the UK temporarily align on plant and animal rules to remove Irish Sea checks.