France causing ‘MASSIVE fresh food DELAYS’ – customs GO-SLOW ‘to taunt Britain’

Saturday, April 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

FRANCE is causing delays to Britain’s fresh food supply chain and one fruit and vegetable trader believes it is all part of a plot to scare Britons about the consequences of a no deal Brexit.

By CHARLOTTE DAVIS
Express.co.uk
Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Trader Darren Cox, who operates a market stall on Chelmsford High Street, said there are problems in getting fruit and vegetables coming in from the continent. Speaking to BBC News, Mr Cox said: “There’s a lot of stuff behind the scenes that people don’t realise. There are massive delays currently over in France that are not so bad this week but last week lorries were in like 10 to 15-hour delays sometimes. And people don’t realise what is going on behind the scenes. They really don’t.”

There have been delays to imports of fruit and vegetables as a result of a work-to-rule strike by French customs officers warning they are not ready for Brexit.

French customs officers have been carrying out longer and more rigorous checks than usual to represent what might happen in the event of a no deal Brexit.

The work-to-rule strike action began at Calais and Dunkirk ports on March 4 and continued throughout the month.

Mr Cox later told Express.co.uk he believes the customs officers are being advised to strike and cause delays.

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