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PSQ

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Location
Scottish Borders
On R4 this morning they ran a piece about the tender process for 'ECMT international haulage permits', which will be required by UK hauliers to operate in the EU after Brexit.
- According to the RHA only 10% of applicants were granted permits by the EU.

So, it looks like this will be the preferred method the EU will use to threaten an embargo / create a 'restriction of trade' on the UK, to 'focus government attention' on an outcome that suits the EU.
Depth charges at the ready, It's the 'Battle for the Atlantic' all over again.

Without turning this thread into a Brexit bitch-fest, what practical measures can be taken in advance to prevent serious disruption to farming operations in the UK, if (when?) the political dispute starts to heat up / escalate this summer ?

I'm thinking along the lines of:

Agchem imports - stockpile pre Brexit, 1 season, 2 seasons, 3...
Ditto vet and med etc.
Collapse in barley exports to Iberia - plant something other than spring barley?
Collapse of lamb export demand?
'Tit for tat' import ban on French maize etc?
Exodus / banning of foreign farm labour?
Availability of combine spares (etc) within X days of breakdown - contingency fund to hire in 'alternatives'.
Nitrogen fert - no action, suitable domestic and Ukrainian etc supply.
Implications to cash flow / ability to trade / willingness of lender to support agri-business, or sell us out?

What would you add to the list?
 

Cowabunga

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Location
Ceredigion,Wales
I've already ordered enough fertiliser for 2019, and have all [the little] crop chemicals and silage additives ready to go. May be short of teat dip by mid Summer but I do have 1500 litres in stock, 1000 of which was delivered this morning.
N fertiliser may come from Ukraine and so on, but it still has to come through a port and customs and it might be, possibly be, subject to a substantial import duty.

That's my due diligence done. Buggers my cashflow forecast up slightly but surprisingly little. None will go to waste whatever happens. May bulk buy paper towels for the dairy in the next few days. The rest is in the hands of our useless feckless rubbish scum braindead politicians.
 

primmiemoo

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Location
Devon
Aaarrrgggh!
I forgot to buy a roll of blue paper towel!!

Other than that, I'll have to trust the abilities and foresight of the Vets', the mechanics', and the ag merchants' buyers, because I haven't a single scooby's about what might be part of a shortage.


If there is one.
 

Brisel

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Location
Dorset
All spring crop sprays will be ordered shortly - the main base programme anyway. Fertiliser is already in stock. That's about it.

I am finding it hard to get a bid on new crop malting barley but the maltsters will have to come to the market eventually. The EU maltsters NEED our malt barley. Hopefully they will lobby the twits in Brussels to stop playing games and keep the wheels turning. There's going to be an awful lot of EU businesses who depend on us, if you remember our trade deficit with them.
 

Sonoftheheir

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Location
West Suffolk
My friend works for a chemical storage and distribution firm who hold the chemical before it’s delivered to the local chemical suppilers. He says their stores are stocked to the rafters.
 

Shovelhands

Member
Location
Sunny Essex
All spring crop sprays will be ordered shortly - the main base programme anyway. Fertiliser is already in stock. That's about it.

I am finding it hard to get a bid on new crop malting barley but the maltsters will have to come to the market eventually. The EU maltsters NEED our malt barley. Hopefully they will lobby the twits in Brussels to stop playing games and keep the wheels turning. There's going to be an awful lot of EU businesses who depend on us, if you remember our trade deficit with them.


Exactly. They can threaten all they like about preventing imports to the uk, but as much as we need the imports, they NEED to supply them! There will be uproar across Europe if countries and companies are prevented from exporting to the uk. And the things we export are also NEEDED by the eu countries as much as we need to export them.

The big wigs in Brussels are nothing more than scared bullies, who are committed to their hard lined and dictator style cause.

They are bricking it far more than we are I’m sure.....they are the ones who will have a huge hole in their funding!
 

Kevtherev

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Location
Welshpool Powys


Exactly. They can threaten all they like about preventing imports to the uk, but as much as we need the imports, they NEED to supply them! There will be uproar across Europe if countries and companies are prevented from exporting to the uk. And the things we export are also NEEDED by the eu countries as much as we need to export them.

The big wigs in Brussels are nothing more than scared bullies, who are committed to their hard lined and dictator style cause.

They are bricking it far more than we are I’m sure.....they are the ones who will have a huge hole in their funding!
Myself and @Cab-over Pete already have a black market commodity supply chain ready.
Coming through Morocco.
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Look for this chap called peter in a blue transit.
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