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According to Coldiretti’s analysis of Istat data, the number of Britons paying for Italian pasta has fallen to the lowest figure in the past five years. Sales of Italian food products to Britain fell 10.5% due to export restrictions imposed by Brexit.
On the other hand, the recorded jump in Made in Italy exports around the world increased worldwide with + 19.8% in the first quarter of 2021.
Coldiretti claimed that bureaucratic and administrative difficulties associated with Britain’s departure from the EU weigh on domestic food exports to the UK.
They said the main issues for those exporting to the UK were with customs procedures.
Increased transport costs due to delays and increased controls also impacted imports into Britain.
Italian exports to Britain drop 25%
Italian exports to Britain drop 25%
Coldiretti said in his analysis: “Difficulties that put at risk the 3.4 billion euros of annual Made in Italy agri-food exports with the United Kingdom, which ranks fourth among Italian trading partners for food. and drinks after Germany, France and the United States.
“After wine, with Prosecco in the lead, in second place among Italian agri-food products the most sold in Great Britain, we find tomato derivatives, but also pasta, cheeses, cold meats and olive oil. ‘olive, as well as the Grana Padano and Parmigiano reggiano. “
The Italian organization also claimed that violations of the Brexit deal by the British increased the risk that food and drinks entering the EU would not meet the bloc’s safety standards.
They warned that these products are counterfeits and imitations of protected food products such as Parmesan with Chianti.
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They conclude: “It is precisely in English pubs that sales of fake prosecco in cans or in barrels have been exposed.
British merchandise exports to the European Union hit their highest level since October 2019 in May, according to official data released last week.
This reversed a slump in early 2021 when Britain left the bloc’s single market and customs union.
Overall, trade with the EU has lagged behind the growth in sales to the rest of the world, and business groups said they still face additional red tape on customers. and European suppliers due to Brexit.
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The UK Office for National Statistics said exports of goods to the European Union, excluding precious metals, reached 14.0 billion pounds ($ 19.4 billion) in May on a seasonally adjusted basis , their highest since October 2019 and nearly double the January level.
An ONS spokesperson said in April: “Exports to the EU have recovered significantly from their January drop, while remaining below 2020 levels.
“However, imports from the EU have yet to rebound significantly, with a number of issues hampering trade.”
Total merchandise exports of 27.9 billion pounds, excluding precious metals, were the highest since January 2020, just before the coronavirus pandemic began to disrupt.
Italian pasta exports to UK drop 25%
Small Business Federation chairman Mike Cherry had previously warned: “British exports have fallen since the end of the [Brexit] transition period.
“International sales are down from where they were at the same time last year.
“A fifth of the small exporters have temporarily halted sales to the EU and some have already given up on selling in the block permanently.”
Italian pasta exports to UK plummet
Brexit-related tensions between Britain and the European Union have increased in recent weeks as talks failed between Britain’s Brexit Minister Lord Frost and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic.
Brussels has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it does not put in place controls on goods entering Northern Ireland as part of the Brexit deal.
Under the Brexit trade deal reached late last year, the UK and EU can impose tariffs on each other’s exports for violating the pact, pending arbitration independent.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega