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‘We’ve been sold a dud’: small firms suffer decline in EU exports

Businesses beset by ‘nightmare’ combination of mounting costs and paperwork as well as delivery delays

Small businesses have reported a marked drop in exports to the EU as another company bemoaned the post-Brexit “nightmare” of delivery delays and increased costs.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), a lobby group, said 35 of the 132 exporters it surveyed had temporarily suspended trade with the EU or stopped it permanently. One in 10 of the exporters surveyed said they were also considering giving up trade with EU customers.

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