Italian pasta exports to Britain plummet by 25% as Britons snub European food post-Brexit

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According to analysis of Istat data by Coldiretti, the number of Britons paying Italian pasta dropped to the lowest figure in the last five years. Sales of Italian food products in Britain were down by 10.5 percent due to export limitations imposed by Brexit.

In contrast, the jump recorded in Made in Italy exports throughout the world increased throughout the world with +19.8 percent in the first quarter of 2021.

Coldiretti claimed the bureaucratic and administrative difficulties linked to Britain’s departure from the EU are weighing on national food exports to the UK.

They claimed the major problems for those exporting to the UK concern customs procedures.

The increase in transport costs due to delays and greater controls has also impacted imports into Britain.

Coldiretti said in their analysis: “Difficulties that jeopardise the 3.4 billion euros of annual Made in Italy agri-food exports with teh UK, which ranks fourth among the Italian trade partners for food and drink after Germany, France and the United States.

“After wine, with Prosecco in the lead, in second place among the best-selling Italian agri-food products in Great Britain, we find tomato derivatives, but also pasta, cheeses, cured meats and olive oil, as well as Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano.”

The Italian organisation also claimed violations of the Brexit agreement by the British increases the risk of food and drinks arriving into the EU which do not comply with the bloc’s safety standards.

They warned these products are counterfeits and imitations of protected food products such as Parmesan to Chianti.

They concluded: “It is precisely in English pubs that the sales of fake prosecco in cans or on tap have been exposed.”

British goods exports to the European Union rose to their highest since October 2019 in May, official data showed last week.

This reversed a slump at the start of 2021 when Britain exited the bloc’s single market and customs union.

Overall trade with the EU has lagged behind growth in sales to the rest of the world, and business groups said they still faced extra red tape dealing with European customers and suppliers as a result of Brexit.

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Britain’s Office for National Statistics said goods exports to the European Union, excluding precious metals, rose to 14.0 billion pounds ($19.4 billion) in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, their highest since October 2019 and almost twice January’s level.

An ONS spokesperson said in April: “Exports to the EU recovered significantly from their January fall, though still remain below 2020 levels.

“However, imports from the EU are yet to significantly rebound, with a number of issues hampering trade.”

Total goods exports of 27.9 billion pounds, excluding precious metals, were the highest since January 2020, just before the coronavirus pandemic began to cause disruption.

Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, Mike Cherry, previously warned: “UK exports have tumbled since the end of the [Brexit] transition period.

“International sales are way down on where they were at this time last year.

“A fifth of small exporters have halted sales to the EU temporarily and some have already given up on selling into the bloc on a permanent basis.”

Brexit tensions between Britain and the European Union have surged over recent weeks, with talks collapsing between UK 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 implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit deal.

Under the terms of the Brexit trade agreement struck at the end of last year, the UK and EU can impose tariffs on the other’s exports for breaching the pact, pending independent arbitration.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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