Food: Trade

Treasury written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of perishable goods checked at customs have (a) exited and (b) entered the UK in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

While it is not possible to provide a breakdown of the proportion of goods checked at customs that are perishable goods, the Government recognises the importance of trade fluidity for perishable goods through the UK’s borders. In relation to EU Exit for customs, HMRC is working closely with industry to ensure interventions are carried out in a way that minimise delays and additional burdens for legitimate trade, while ensuring compliance.

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