Brit retailers ‘to burn stock rejected by Europe’ in Brexit chaos
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Retailers are considering torching stock as European customers keep sending it back due to Brexit red tape.
Many customers on the Continent are rejecting Brit products when they discover unexpected customs charges.
But Brit businesses then face more paperwork to bring them back.
UK Fashion & Textile Association chief Adam Mansell said it is "cheaper to write off the cost of goods than dealing with it all, abandoning or potentially burning them".
He said the Brexit trade deal saw EU buyers as importers.
He added: "You have a courier knocking on the door giving you a customs clearance invoice that you need to pay to receive your goods."
Mr Ansell said UK retailers then face an "export clearance charge, import charge arrival, import VAT charge and, depending on the goods, a rules of origin document".
He added: "Large businesses don’t have a handle on it, never mind smaller ones."
A Government spokesman said companies were encouraged to appoint a specialist.
It comes after a British man who lives in Spain was left shocked after being given strict instructions to bin a bottle of his Nando's peri-peri sauce over the border from Gibraltar.
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Joseph Lathey, originally from Torquay, moved to the little Spanish town of La Línea de la Concepción when he was seven and has explained how it's typically impossible to get his hands on British brands unless he heads over the border to Gibraltar, which is considered British Overseas Territory.
The 27-year-old regularly crosses the border for his work as an Audio Visual Technician, so tends to pick up a few of his favourite goods when he's there.
Last week, following a long day at the office, Joseph was heading back home into Spain after picking up what he called the "sacred" Nando's 'peri-peri sauce from a shop in Gibraltar.
However, he was then gutted to find out that under the new Brexit rules, he can't take over the sauce as it contains processed vegetables.
Fans of Marks and Spencer favourite Percy Pigs will also be devastated to learn the sweet treats could be under threat due to post-Brexit regulations.
M&S boss Steve Rowe has warned that despite the free trade agreement with the EU, new rules could impact shipments of the pig-shaped sweets between Ireland, the Czech Republic and France.
Bosses say M&S is "actively working to mitigate" the problems, so hopefully, there won't be a permanent issue with the food favourite, even if Percy is affected at first.
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