Relaxation of import rules

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UK government announces delay to post-Brexit labelling.

THE UK Government has announced a delay to remaining import controls on EU goods entering Great Britain, in recognition of supply chain impacts resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, along with the recent rise in global energy costs.

Post-Brexit labelling rules will affect a wide range of food products coming into the country from the EU, including potatoes and potato-based products. Industry bodies, including the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) have been calling for a relaxation of labelling laws for months.

Stating that it would be wrong to impose new administrative requirements on businesses who may need to pass on the associated costs to consumers who are already facing financial pressures, The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) said has announced that food labelling rules that will technically apply from October 1st will not actually come into force until January 1st 2024.

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This effectively means that some labelling terms and EU addresses (in relation to the importer or FBO address requirement) will continue to be permitted on the GB market for an additional 15 months. To further help UK businesses, the deadline for using “UK/EC” identification marks on the GB Market has also been extended.

Following decisions in Wales and Scotland, the changes will apply across the whole of GB.

Sources: Institute of Export / British Frozen Food Federation

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