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Brexit deficit: Dutch shops in a pickle over British favourites


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Baked beans, bacon and sausages are essential ingredient in a British breakfast. Photo:


Shops that sell British goods and treats in the Netherlands have complained of delays, cancellations and chaos after Brexit paperwork has slowed some orders to a complete halt.


Retailers told that they were forced to look to Ireland for products such as bacon and sausages because the onerous paperwork on meat exports from Britain is stopping products getting through.


Even canned goods such as Heinz soups and pies appear stuck, deliveries that used to take 10 days now take eight weeks, and some wholesalers have apparently given up trying to export products such as cheese.


Eef Voskuilen, owner of the Eichholtz Delicatessen in central Amsterdam, said that deliveries were being held up before Brexit day. ‘It’s unbelievable that it can be like this in the modern-day world,’ he told ‘


Everything that contains meat needs separate certification: Heinz cream of chicken soup, Oxtail soup and pies are all a problem. We have to wait for eight weeks for things to get through which is far longer the normal 10 working days, and sometimes  the delivery is past its best before date. Every day we are sending emails and making calls asking where our goods are and nobody knows: even our experienced wholesalers have huge delays. It’s extremely difficult.’



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Yes as an expat myself, I too have been feeling the consequences of Brexit. Even Heinz Beanz were unavailable to buy for most of February.

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