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How Brexit added layers of bureaucracy to meat exports

Producers in Great Britain could once sell meat to EU customers as easily as they could at home. Since Brexit, exporters face a process of up to 26 steps, with every shipment logged in multiple databases and certified by reams of red tape. Here are all the hoops exporters must jump through

Before Brexit, it was as easy to send a shipment of meat to Bavaria as it was to Birmingham, but since Britain left the EU, trade with the continent requires significantly more paperwork, cost and effort. Animal products such as meat have a particularly high number of checks and documents.

Before 1 January, meat exporters based in the UK only needed to obtain a consignment note (CMR) and a delivery note before their goods could be loaded on to a lorry and transported across the Channel.

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