The style business is struggling to outlive as a result of forms after Brexit

The post-Brexit bureaucracy is proving to be a major challenge for fashion companies

More than 400 fashion industry leaders are asking the government for help after post-Brexit bureaucracy and travel restrictions.

The open letter to the Prime Minister comes from respected icons including Model Twiggy and Patrick Grant, judges at the Great British Sewing Bee.

Complex international supply chains and relationships have been "strangled" under the new restrictions.

“Everyone who works in the EU, our largest trading partner for imports and exports, will need now
expensive work permits for each of the member states they visit and a pile of paperwork for theirs
Products and equipment. This is a step backwards and not a contact with the reality of the sector
works ”, they wrote in the letter from the Fashion Roundtable, an industry forum.

“From trips to the EU for trade fairs to high-quality shootings and shows that take place here in the EU
In the UK, bureaucratic delays and costs are already affecting our industry as work moves to the EU.
This affects our trading and travel opportunities. "

Fashion Roundtable wants the government to add textile workers to the UK Visa “Shortage Occupation” list to fill thousands of jobs in UK clothing factories. It also calls for UK tax breaks to encourage sustainable paperless travel practices and negotiations for UK creatives and their gear in the EU.

She again urged the government to reconsider its decision to abolish the retail export system, which allowed international visitors to reclaim 20 percent of VAT on their own purchases. However, this ended on January 1, 2021.

The letter argues that fashion is worth more to UK GDP than the fishing, music, film and automotive industries combined. The industry is estimated at 1.6 percent of UK GDP. In this context, fashion accounts for around 0.8 percent of German GDP.

Many of the 59,000 affected fashion SMEs could not afford the bureaucracy experts they needed to get the new rules under control. Customers in both the EU and the UK have declined orders due to unforeseen duties and VAT.

The cabinet said it was working closely with fashion companies facing challenges in this new trading climate.

“We work closely with fashion companies to ensure they have the support they need to trade effectively with Europe and to take advantage of new opportunities as we enter trade deals with the world's fastest growing markets.

"We operate export helplines, conduct webinars with policy experts and provide business support through our network of 300 international trade advisors," said a spokesman. "This is on top of the millions we have invested in expanding the customs brokerage sector."

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