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Exports from UK to EU down 68% since Brexit trade deal, say hauliers

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LONDON (Reuters) - Exports from Britain to the European Union fell by 68% in January as trade was disrupted after the end of a transition period following Britain's departure from the European Union, according to a trade body representing hauliers.

The government did not confirm the data and said disruption at the border had been minimal since Britain completed its journey out of the EU's orbit at the of 2020 following an agreement on trading arrangements.

Since the start of the year, businesses and hauliers have had to adapt to new trading arrangements, including new systems for companies and officials in the British province of Northern Ireland.

Some businesses have struggled with new customs declarations and health certificates as the coronavirus pandemic also hits firms.

International members at the Road Haulage Association (RHA) reported a 68% fall in exports in January, the group said on Twitter.

"I find it deeply frustrating and annoying that ministers have chosen not to listen to the industry and experts," RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett told The Observer newspaper.

The government said it engages with the sector and does "not recognise the figure provided on exports."

"Thanks to the hard work of hauliers and traders to prepare for change, disruption at the border has so far been minimal and freight movements are now close to normal levels, despite the COVID-19 pandemic," it said in a statement.

Exports from UK to EU down 68% since Brexit trade deal, say hauliers
 

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Murray McIntosh
Murray McIntosh Feb 07, 2021 2:55PM ET
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what is the % based on. i.e. Jan 2020. road haulage only etc.? what we need to see is the bigger picture over all forms of transport to understand it better and combined causes of.
Peter Dikeakos
Peter Dikeakos Feb 07, 2021 1:39PM ET
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Hate is building walls.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:18AM ET
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Exports r down for all countries except china.
Samui Lo
Samui Lo Feb 07, 2021 9:53AM ET
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Another Brexit win... haha
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IceIceBaby Feb 07, 2021 8:50AM ET
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UK = Brave Sir Robin
 
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