Hoek van Holland. Even the ham sandwiches of many truck drivers are affected by the new Brexit trade rules. Bitter experience for the drivers at the ferry in Holland: On Tuesday, the BBC showed Dutch TV recordings in which customs inspected the drivers’ provisions. The customs officers in Hoek van Holland explain to the drivers in the report of the station NPO1 that they are no longer allowed to export animal foods to Great Britain.
Great Britain completes Brexit
After 48 years, the country no longer belongs to the EU internal market and the customs union. © Reuters
“Everything is confiscated”
When the customs officers see a driver’s provisions, they ask: “Is there any cold cuts on it?” He nods, and all the loaves wrapped in aluminum foil are collected. “Can’t I take the ham down and at least keep the bread?” The driver tries to negotiate. Without success. “No, everything will be confiscated,” says the officer in the port of Hook of Holland near Rotterdam. “Welcome to Brexit, I’m sorry.” The driver took it with humor.
Brexit creates a great deal of bureaucracy in Great Britain. As a result, some shelves in the supermarket remain empty. Freight forwarders have been complaining about long truck jams at the borders since the transition period passed on December 31, 2020 and Great Britain’s exit from the EU has also been completed economically. British business associations are already calling for renegotiations with the European Union.
British authorities had warned
The British authorities had already warned against this prospect at the borders in December. “God help the poor customs officer who throws away a driver’s grocery box. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are fist blows when they try, ”haulier Simon Wilkinson told The Guardian. “When drivers go to Europe, they take things with them for days and weeks.”