Next, British exporters must register to pay VAT in EU nations.

It's prompting a number of companies to halt their cross-border trade, @bdoaccountant says.

For eco-friendly nappy and wet wipe seller @mama_bamboo, "We have to ask is it worth all the time and effort.”
Another case: @PotatoHouseUK sells seed potatoes but new rules mean the EU effectively isn't accepting them 🥔

“We’ll need phytosanitary certificates & the paperwork’s going to have to accompany every order," says @andrewskea, who worries for the SME he built over 20 years
Next up: CE mark

Products sold in the EU need one to show they meet standards, but the UK will develop its own, so firms selling in both need to register twice

Subscription service @TheCuriosityBox, which teaches kids about science, says it's "a ridiculous level of duplication"
To simplify the new forms, some shippers are refusing to carry loads with a mix of products from different companies, which disproportionately hurts firms shipping in smaller quantities

@scotfooddrink wants a grace period on enforcement until July…
And finally, there are port delays & costs...

“Things keep getting stuck,” says Welsh PPE and sensor maker @RotothermGroup. “I’m now having to buy up what stock there is in the UK at 3x the price”

This is a story we'll be writing for a long, long time. These are small firms but they're what British business is made of. If your company is affected by post-Brexit red tape in a way we haven't mentioned, please get in touch: 📩…

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11 Jan
🚛🚢 The rise in post-Brexit cross-Channel freight rates is expected to stick - was up 39% on Q3 last week

@RHADuncanB says it'll "never fall completely because there’s a permanent added cost of the significant extra bureaucracy"

@business story 👇…
Remember the quiet at Dover over New Year & @michaelgove warning "significant disruption" to come? 🤫

Transport demand's finally recovering - back at 78% of Q3 average, @TRANSPOREON_TPG data show

As stockpiles dwindle, freight firms are cashing in 💰…
BUT freight firms are still shunning *long-term* UK-EU contracts - the rejection rate's 2x Q3 average 🚛

It started climbing in the run-up to end of the Brexit transition period and surged during Dover chaos after France's 48-hour blockade…
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