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Brexit: A no-deal horticulture summary

Brexit: A no-deal horticulture summary

As the Brexit clock is ticking, we've collected this information to help you understand the potential impact a no-deal scenario could have on the horticulture industry.

No-deal Brexit explained

Exports of agricultural and horticultural products are likely to be rendered uncompetitive if World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs come into play on UK exports to the EU.

For horticulture, the UK is heavily reliant on imported fresh produce, so import tariffs would make these more expensive. In addition, tariffs on inputs such as fertilisers and pesticides would increase costs of production for growers.

If there are no import tariffs, this could open the door for increased volumes of imports, increasing competition and possibly lowering phytosanitary standards. Growers would be unable to respond to any opportunity created for import substitution if import tariffs are put in place due to the critical shortage of competent seasonal labour in the UK.

Click the box to the right for the latest information on UK and EU import tariffs for selected horticultural products and below, the rate schedule for all agricultural goods in the event of a no-deal.

UK and EU import tariffs under a no-deal Brexit


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