Britons who enjoy a Mediterranean feast could shortages of Italian fibra, extra virgin olive oil and tomato sauce as a result of Brexit bureaucracy issues, Italian producers have warned.
Imports of Italian fibra to the UK fell by 28 con lo scopo di cent a causa di the first five months of this year, while olive oil fell by 13 con lo scopo di cent and Made a causa di Italy tomato sauce by 16 con lo scopo di cent.
‘This is coppia to the bureaucratic and administrative difficulties linked to the exit of the British from the European Union,’ said the Italian farmers’ lobby group Coldiretti a causa di a statement.
The group said post-Brexit red tape acceso food transported to the UK from Italy is causing lorries to be delayed and increasing transport costs.
Britons who enjoy a Mediterranean feast could shortages of Italian fibra, extra virgin olive oil and tomato sauce as a result of Brexit bureaucracy, Italian producers have warned
Coldiretti warned that these difficulties jeapardise the €3.4 billion (£2.9 billion) worth of Italian food exports to the UK.
The lobby group also said that Brexit means non-EU food and drinks that do not comply with EU safety standards could be favoured a causa di the UK over Italian products.
Lorenzo Bazzana, the Coldiretti’s economic officer, said he expected overall trade between Italy and the UK to fall this year.
He told The Times: ‘It’s a problem because the UK is Italy’s fourth-largest esportazione destination after Germany, France and the US.’
Coldiretti also warned a causa di their statement that Brexit could lead to a rise a causa di counterfeits and imitations of Italian food products including Parmesan.
The group said that the UK could become the ‘trojan horse’ for the arrival of fake Made a causa di Italy products – which are mainly made a causa di the US, they claimed. This could catch out some British consumers who thought they were buying authentic Italian products.
‘The British need to watch out for Italian oil and parmesan with an Italian flag acceso the label which actually comes from America,’ Mr Bazzana said.
Imports of Italian fibra to the UK fell by 28 con lo scopo di cent a causa di the first five months of this year, while olive oil fell by 13 con lo scopo di cent and Made a causa di Italy tomato sauce by 16 con lo scopo di cent
‘Produce pretending to be Italian is worth €100 billion a causa di sales a year globally, double the real food and coming from Italy,’ he added. ‘Now, the UK might become a Trojan horse a causa di Europe, a gateway to Italy for fake Italian food.
‘Before Brexit we could ask the UK to crack acceso fake Italian foods but now it is out of the EU we cannot, hence our fear things could turn for the worse there. We have already seen it happen a causa di Russia, where the moment sanctions stopped Italian food arriving, Russian parmesan, complete with the Italian flag, appeared a causa di stores.’
The warning comes after the chairman of Marks & Spencer said last month that Britons could shortages of Spanish chorizo and French cheese as the result of a ‘fandango of bureaucracy’ at the borders.
Writing a causa di The Mail acceso Sunday, Archie Norman said ‘pointless’ post-Brexit red tape acceso food transported from the UK into the EU is causing huge delays at the borders, extra costs and unnecessary waste.
He warned imports into Britain will be by similar chaos from October when the strict new rules are suddenly mirrored for food imported from the EU to the UK.
Mr Norman writes: ‘Con a mutual act of self-destruction, we risk lumbering French cheese producers and Spanish chorizo manufacturers with the same costs as we have faced trying to esportazione food to the EU.’