One of the main recipients of Castellón products is the reduced opening hours. Exports for January, released this week, revealed that sales to the UK were down 44.09% compared to the same period the previous year. Data from the past 12 months is also not good: from February 2020 to the first month of 2021, the decrease was recorded at 39.51%.
However, The overall numbers show a better trend. Castellon was down 3.57% in January. Had it not been for the British pit, which ranks fourth as the country to which the province exports the most, the numbers would have been positive.
Meanwhile, France (7.22%), Germany (1.81%) and especially the United States (53.95%) increased their purchases compared to January of last year. Out of the top ten, only Italy (-16.57%) and Portugal (-8.15%) share a clear downtrend with the UK.
The person responsible for internationalization Castellón Chamber of Commerce, Joaquín Andres, He noted that the reasons are “complicated, when joining.” Brixi With severe restrictions imposed in December and January due to the Coronavirus. Added to these The poor data was “expected”, although it suggests that the February estimate will be more positive. “An increase in freight rates has been detected effective February 15th, which will show a trend towards normalization.”
Both the Economy Ministry and the Chamber of Commerce confirm that in recent months there has been an increase in inquiries from Castellón companies in the face of the bureaucratic challenges of Brexit. Above all, it is through those companies that have only worked with the European Union, and that they must now adapt their procedures to comply with the new regulations of the country outside the European Union already.
Faced with this situation, Andres N. The United Kingdom decided to postpone some measures. This is the case for supplementary freight declarations, whose contribution with documents is extended from next October to January 1, 2022. This seeks to speed up the passage of goods through customs.