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   Old Thread  #354 29 Mar 2021 at 9.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm English but based in Holland and use a lot of UK suppliers for business and UK bait for fishing. Recent episode of BBC R4's 'Bottom Line', 'How to set up an EU subsidiary' had the editor of The Economist on. She stated (non politically) that the UK Gov are reluctant to 'align' food standards (as they were) to ease the export hassle to Europe / NI because this would jeopardise a trade deal with the US.

On non food imports, our costs have risen about 10%. Dutch tackle shops have had no UK bait deliveries since Brexit.
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   Old Thread  #353 27 Mar 2021 at 10.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #352 27 Mar 2021 at 8.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Guess it depends on the type of food mate.

i mainly work within the meat sector, but do deal with other food types
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   Old Thread  #351 27 Mar 2021 at 8.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Who do you work for mate
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   Old Thread  #350 26 Mar 2021 at 2.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not odd at all, bob might be thinking along the right lines, just because shelves appear stocked doesn't mean there are no shortages , they may be plenty of things consumers haven't noticed
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   Old Thread  #349 26 Mar 2021 at 11.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Odd how one person in the food industry says no shortages, another who's involved says there is. I use a few different supermarkets at different times of day or week and always the shelves are well stocked
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   Old Thread  #348 26 Mar 2021 at 11.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well someone is doing a great job because many of us consumers haven't noticed
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   Old Thread  #347 26 Mar 2021 at 11.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No there are plenty of issues, im an engineer but work in the food industry there are plenty of shortages and supply issues of numerous things
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   Old Thread  #346 26 Mar 2021 at 8.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well my missus does most of the shopping so I asked her about shortages and she hadn't noticed any. We buy a wide variety of fresh fruit and veg, tinned and frozen, meat, breads, cereals and we allow ourselves some unhealthy snacks. And alcohol we buy plenty of that, she likes her prosecco and cava.
Not sure why there's a disparity, I hope it gets sorted for you soon
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   Old Thread  #345 26 Mar 2021 at 7.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No. It's every week. And it's only been happening since 1st January. Honestly, I'm reporting something I'm seeing with my own eyes, but somehow I'm mistaken. Guess the food and drink industry exporting to Europe are just looking for things too?
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   Old Thread  #344 26 Mar 2021 at 0.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Maybe, or maybe you are looking for things? Or they got the supply and demand calculations wrong where you are?
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   Old Thread  #343 25 Mar 2021 at 10.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I must be imagining it then.....
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   Old Thread  #342 25 Mar 2021 at 7.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i work in food industry

no change thus far
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   Old Thread  #341 25 Mar 2021 at 12.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Same, everything still available round my way
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   Old Thread  #340 25 Mar 2021 at 12.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Same as havenít noticed any difference down here

Maybe itís the north/south divide and weíre keeping it all
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   Old Thread  #339 25 Mar 2021 at 11.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Must be regional, plenty of stuff around here.
Wherever possible we try to buy UK grown stuff
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   Old Thread  #338 25 Mar 2021 at 11.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You obviously don't do the shopping in your household! There are shortages. Noticed that wines from Europe and France in particular are frequently sold out. Veg, like peppers, aubergines and salad stuff are often gone by mid day at weekends in my supermarket. Often shortages of fresh herbs as well

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   Old Thread  #337 25 Mar 2021 at 10.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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UK based cheese maker explained (Radio 4 - Bottom Line) that you need the same 'vet' signed off certification to send one cheese mail order into EU as you do a container full. Ditto with boiliies - so bait suppliers could still supply retailers but individual mail order to EU unfeasible. My understanding is that the 'food' checks are not carried out / applied both ways - which is why there's no shortfall of French / Spanish produce in supermarkets. Langoustine originally Scottish anyway
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   Old Thread  #336 24 Mar 2021 at 2.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Plenty of EU bait firms ready to supply demand, to say nothing of the pet food, bird food, cat food, particles, seeds, pulses, nuts catering size tins of sweetcore etc which are widely available in supermarkets and Bricos.. If you cannot get yourself a decent load of bait at the local hypermarket then you are not looking hard enough!

I'm more con cerned at what we will be allowed to bring back into the UK after the holiday is over. Like Ricard, 1664, magret de canard, poulet de Bresse, Camembert, Boeuf Bourguignon, Duck Confit, Cassoulet, Foie Gras, sardines, langoustines...and so on.
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   Old Thread  #335 23 Mar 2021 at 10.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No one is taking bait to Europe this year so may as well chill for a while
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   Old Thread  #334 22 Mar 2021 at 8.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The truth of the matter is that anglers bait is no more than a peripheral part of the overall food imports to France and I doubt very much if the EU will change the rules to accommodate anglers. The rules are exactly those that the UK were happy to vote on when they were part of the EU but unfortunately fall foul of now that they have opted to leave. No new rules have been applied due to Brexit it is just that we are now in the position that we voted for. For my part, I am having good quality boilies rolled to my spec in Ireland and France instead of the UK rolled baits we have used for a couple of years. No change in quality or price I am pleased to say. I think the safest bet is for anglers visiting France to arrange baits to be available at the French end, either from the lake or from the many manufacturers now touting for business.
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   Old Thread  #333 22 Mar 2021 at 7.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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it's a little bit worse than that Ken, Bait, pop ups,all dips and liquids, pellet and any form of feed will be confiscated, if you try to hide it, it's smuggling and carries a fine of 1000 euros and for good measure if they think you are taking the piss as to where you have hidden it your passport will be listed as trying to smuggle contraband, now that produces some real problems like trying to get into the USA and some other countries,
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   Old Thread  #332 12 Mar 2021 at 12.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Tbh, itís a mess. Youíve had Dutch companies buying up UK sea fishing fleets to access UK waters/additional quotas. The French using Ďsuper dredgersí that take everything on the sea bed. And the Tories have accepted a one way street where the EU checks UK exports but not vice versa - scuppering seafood exports from Scotland, The West Country etc. Brits donít eat many herring, langoustines and / or mussels - the Dutch & French do. Seems to have been the cost of ending Ďfree movementí. The EU will now try and make an example of the UK so other countries donít follow suit & leave. M&S in Paris currently has a third of its normal stock & Percy Pig's banned from travel, until he has the right paperwork

I donít know what the value of the EU carp bait market is to the likes of Sticky, Mainline, CC Moore, Dynamite etc. but as others have said, theyíll do the maths and see if itís worth the additional paperwork/costs. Rob Hughes sounded confident about a solution on Carp Cast 107. He mentioned using couriers to transport bait but thatís a no no at the moment and even lures / terminal bits are taking 4weeks instead of 4days to get here (NL). Spoke to Gio at MonkeyClimber mag in Belgium, he recíd Dope Bait Company or Carpelicious, as good bait suppliers on this side of the North Sea. Biggest French company would be Sensas brand StarBaits but Iíll either stick with my UK supplier or use a Dutch rolling co. Frolicís still widely available : )

Anyway, our (non-food) goods were stuck in a warehouse for 3weeks before the transport company had a truck and the paperwork sorted, they have now got to Holland. EU exports are 40% down according to today's news. And the EU want to install CCTV on all fishing boats (according to reports in Holland) which has caused an uproar here. Always enjoyed your exploits in 'International Carperí.
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   Old Thread  #331 11 Mar 2021 at 1.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very interesting post and lots of talking points. I think the acrimony you mentioned is a contributing factor...the French have got a cob on because of Brexit and until they wake up to the reality that Brexit really has happend they will continue in their charactaristic intransigent way. The fact is that there are bones of contention that need to be addressed on both sides of the Channel. Commercial fishing is a case in point. France is the commercial fishing industry's major market and they like our shellfish in particular. They also don't like the fact that their boats are not allowed within 12 miles of the UK coast...so why were these two there earlier this morning (and they are still fishing in that general area). The two little arrows are the French trawlers Daytona and Testa Rosa and they have been fishing inside the 12-mile limit since leaving Roscoff yesterday evening. They are blatantly breaking the rules but you can be sure that were we to try to get our bait (boilies) into France via their customs we would be nicked and our bait confiscated.

French boats this morning.
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   Old Thread  #330 7 Mar 2021 at 12.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm an English angler living & fishing in NL & have always sourced bait from UK. Also have a business importing British made goods into NL - and it's a nightmare at the moment - transport, couriers - very slow / extra red tape. Easiest would be a simple standards 'alignment' (pre-Brexit). But lots of acrimony between EU/UK so don't hold your breath.

(Google Translated from the Dutch Angling Direct Site).

We would like to explain to you what problems there are regarding the import of bait for all our European customers. Angling Direct is currently unable to export bait from the UK due to negotiations between the UK and the EU on the European Health Certificate required for exporting bait.

Why can't we ship bait to the EU?
Bait types such as boilies, pellets and ground baits require a European Health Certificate to be exported because it currently falls in the same category as animal feed. Before it can be used, it must first undergo extensive and high-cost testing and be certified by a veterinarian. Unfortunately, the UK-EU Trade Agreement affects the fishing industry as a whole as well as individual anglers. Together with bait manufacturers like CC Moore, Dynamite Baits and Mainline Baits, Angling Direct has had to stop all bait orders because we currently have no option to ship these orders to the EU.

Can customers in the EU still order other products from AD?
The only products that cannot be shipped at this time are products with natural ingredients, such as baits (boilies, pellets, etc.). Lures are excluded and can still be shipped. To reassure our European customers, the UK-EU Trade Agreement has no effect on our ability to ship most products to European countries and nothing has changed for our customers and their purchasing conditions.

How long does it take before we can ship bait to the EU?
We are currently waiting for an adjustment in the classification for the European Health Certificate. Angling Direct keeps a close eye on all developments between the European Commission and the United Kingdom. We hope that a further classification or a change in Health Certificate regulations will be established before we can resume exporting bait to our customers in the EU.

How will this affect UK fishermen?
This gap in the UK-EU Trade Agreement also affects anglers traveling from the UK to EU countries. Mark Owen, Head of Freshwater at the Angling Trust, said: ďTo our knowledge, it seems that the current situation is also affecting fishermen who want to bring bait from England to fish in Europe. When the Covid travel restrictions are lifted, they too will have to provide a European Health Certificate if requested. ď

What is Angling Direct doing while we wait?
We will be posting on the bait sales pages of the European websites to alert people that we currently do not sell or ship bait to countries outside the UK.

While Angling Direct is currently unable to provide bait to its European customers, there are plenty of tackle items we can deliver to your front door, from fishing rods to lures.
Andy Torrance, CEO of Angling Direct commented:
ďWe are proud of the long-standing contacts we have had with our bait suppliers and it is frustrating for them and for us that we are currently unable to ship our fantastic products to you, our customers. find a solution and as General Manager of Angling Direct I will do everything I can to help. We hope to provide you with bait again soon. "

Where can I find more information?
The good news is that most of the parties involved in the fishing industry have joined forces to work on a solution.

Organizations such as the UK Angling Trust and manufacturers such as Dynamite Baits and Mainline Baits are currently working hard to clarify the UK-EU Trade Agreement which in practice means that UK fishermen cannot bring bait on fishing holidays to Europe and that the export of bait is made more difficult.

Jamie Cook, CEO of the Angling Trust:
"I asked my team within the Angling Trust to work with the fishing industry to help the European Commission come to different insights."

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our European customers for their support during this difficult transition in UK-EU trade relations.
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   Old Thread  #329 5 Mar 2021 at 3.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
They already have their bait made in Europe so it wouldnít be a problem for solar 👍

They might actually do very well out of it
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   Old Thread  #328 5 Mar 2021 at 2.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Solar have advertised on FB that they can deliver to their European customers. Either itís sorted or making their bait in Europe.
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   Old Thread  #327 5 Mar 2021 at 12.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
They have 14 months to sort it out for me, my May trip has been cancelled again
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   Old Thread  #326 26 Feb 2021 at 5.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i dint think anyone will have many issues with a bottle of flavour or two.
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   Old Thread  #325 26 Feb 2021 at 1.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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man this remembered me of times when I carried few L of hutchis monster and secret agent on easy jet in hand luggage 15 year ago
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   Old Thread  #324 26 Feb 2021 at 12.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fair enough
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   Old Thread  #323 26 Feb 2021 at 12.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fingers crossed!

I thought JB's new range of flavours in little 8ml bottles might be to help people like me smuggle them through customs 'secreted about the person'. Although I'd be scared of a bottle breaking, farting, and making an Easyjet flight stink of maple for 2 hours.
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   Old Thread  #322 26 Feb 2021 at 12.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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agreed, but adding a sub category for recreational fishing isnt such a huge minefield.

Dont get me wrong, its not going to happen over an e-mail it will take some time, plus with everything else going on, its not exactly priority for either UK or EU governments.

BUT, at least its been identified and being discussed
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I saw John Baker commenting on this, saying there might be something in the pipeline. I'd love it to be true but can't see it happening.

This would require the EU to change its regulations in order to benefit some UK firms, instead of leaving things as they are and potentially creating more business for European bait makers. Why would they do that?
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   Old Thread  #320 26 Feb 2021 at 11.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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id rather not say, but lets just say i have DEFRA connections due to my business
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   Old Thread  #319 26 Feb 2021 at 10.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What's the source for that Joss? Good news, if true!
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   Old Thread  #318 26 Feb 2021 at 10.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If I remember correctly there is already a notice on Mainline's packaging saying something like 'For Recreational Sport Use Only'
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there is now talk of the animal feed/ingredients etc having a sub section "recreational sport" so if that goes ahead, bait will be allowed in the EU from UK
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   Old Thread  #316 25 Feb 2021 at 9.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Only joking Ken!!!
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Now, now, Dave. Claws in! Not had a freebie since I retired.
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   Old Thread  #314 23 Feb 2021 at 3.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is that the venue that you get free fishing at?
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I had trips in March, May, June, September and November 2020 cancelled/rolled over. The March one was rescheduuled for March 2021 but has been rolled over again. Got credit or refund on the others. There is one venue I will crawl over broken glass to visit so that one can be rescheduled/rolled over as much as it likes!
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   Old Thread  #312 22 Feb 2021 at 4.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My sentiments exactly.

I am into a lake on behalf of our group for the best part of 6k for a cancelled week last year that was kindly rolled over to tag onto this years trip so, 2 weeks on a commercial when I usually struggle to stay with it for one week !

I will be sticking to the Publics in future with no once a year social with friends.

Still uncertain if this 2 week trip in June will go ahead.
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   Old Thread  #311 22 Feb 2021 at 4.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's a real shame but it is what it is. I've been enjoying a couple of Euro trips a year for many years. Last year's trips were cancelled and this year's well, who knows. The costs seem to be going up year on year and the hassle, including this bait issue, is leading me to think enough is enough. I think I have lost the will to book years in advance.
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   Old Thread  #310 22 Feb 2021 at 4.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah if the will is there....as it stands to get the necessary DEFRA approvals and EHC's will be a time and financial investment for small/medium co's and probably a few of the big co's too.... that's got to be absorbed somewhere and for a lot it will be difficult to get it over there at a sensible cost as things stand and won't be worth doing.

Guys not being able to go through customs with bait will be a big hit for most and after the last 12 months we've all had I think there'll sadly be a lot less choice come the end of the year...
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   Old Thread  #309 22 Feb 2021 at 3.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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So if it's true it can be done by a small bait company so logically the big boys should have no trouble if the will is there.
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Part of Angling Direct allegedly so ok if you don't mind accountants making your bait and hence the clout/money/licences to export.....
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Apparently they are making in the UK, Exporting to Germany then distributing throughout Europe.
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Shelf life too
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Isn't Munch Baits an English bait company or am I getting confused.
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Etang Saint Pierremont February 2021 update
Our updated website is now live.
Some of last yearís lake record catch pictures have been added together with an additional BAIT page.
With the new rules concerning what can and what canít be transported across the channel regarding fishing bait we have introduced a new service for not only our booked guests but to any fishing parties wishing to have a high-quality European fishing bait delivered directly to the lake of their choice a few days before their arrival. https://www.etangstpierremont.com/bait-prices
There seems to be lots of mis information especially on social media about taking bait abroad, so we have done some investigating and got the facts together
The facts areÖ
There is no fine for private individuals if you are caught with banned substances (Meat & dairy) by the French border inspectors, it will just be confiscated and destroyed, if you deliberately try to conceal the banned items (Bait) then this becomes more serious and you may be charged with smuggling!
Certain social media groups and individuals believe the ban on meat and dairy will be removed by the start of spring to accommodate British fishermen, with some individuals stating the French donít want to lose the English fishermenís revenue, this is highly unlikely as the EU ban on certain meat and dairy products is not new it was introduced in 2002 Following the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic within the EU, the European Commission considered that the mechanisms in place to prevent the introduction of personal consignments of meat, milk or their products should be strengthened across the EU. It seems highly unlikely that the EU are going to Change laws just for the English to be allowed to bring bait into France, it would require all the member states to vote on it unanimously and of course the struggling French bait suppliers would lose out on sales.
There appear to be many reputable bait companies across Europe, many have been around for years, we as a lake have considered many and have chosen MunchBaits to be our supplier for the foreseeable future. View the range and our delivery service at https://www.etangstpierremont.com/bait-prices
We will continue watching what is happening regarding Uk travel and French border controls and as each groups holiday becomes affected, we will contact our guests accordingly by phone before your scheduled arrival date to discuss options to choose the same week in 2022 or later this year if available.
In these uncertain times with new announcements being made regularly by both Governments the only guarantee we can make is that none of our booked guests will lose their bookings. Once the Borders restrictions are relaxed, we will be open as normal and will be ready to personally welcome our Guests once again.

Taken from their f/b page. Never used this bait have no idea what its like, also never paid £13 a kilo . If you buy 10kg it works out at £8 kilo, if you buy this bait from Angling Direct you can get 10kg for £62.98, £17 cheaper. This I believe is whats going to happen, lakes will supply bait some known some not, at inflated prices so adding to the cost of your trip. How confident will people be using a highly priced bait you`ve never heard of? Is it just paperwork that allows bait companies to send the same bait to Europe that the anglers would like to take themselves? Does the ban also apply to all the pots of pop ups, wafters and hookbaits that all anglers carry?
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   Old Thread  #303 30 Jan 2021 at 1.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not forgetting 🙄🙄🙄 , that all that was going on whilst we were trying to negotiate a deal , it was a game of poker where you show the worst hand and don't blink . Even the EU negotiators were saying they did not believe it would go to WTO , but they did blink , all part of the game . The thing with article 15 is that for years the EU said they were worried we would use it , and no mater what you say about the u turn , there is no way this was not authorised by the very top , who were prepared to do so. For all our sakes the bad feeling now across the water need to settle , bridges need building .
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   Old Thread  #302 30 Jan 2021 at 12.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not after an argument either JK
Its just so many people have been so quick to jump on the EU over this and as far as I can see they made a massive cocktail up and U turned within hours. If Ireland were a big factor in the decision it just goes to show that a small country such as Ireland has a lot of control over these decisions.
The UK government was happy to break International law and was condemned worldwide just a few months ago and consistently threatened a no deal exit which would have plunged the Irish border into chaos. I dont think it's suddenly got the moral high ground now that the EU made a very brief, painfully embarissing balls up.
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   Old Thread  #301 30 Jan 2021 at 10.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not arguing Jim as this has been a semi sensible thread for once but they invoked article16....fact. Pretty sure they could of done there due diligence another way and pretty sure it wouldn't of been done without all the legal issues/reprecussions discussed at top level because that's what the EU does. The immediate back lash from just about everyone including the Irish was more a factor in the backtrack me thinks.

Darkol, yeah agreed and maybe some of the other pharma co's are helping behind the scenes... you'd like to think so but it's all about money to some and I would imagine intellectual property is a problem for a lot of them, especially for the new types of vaccines. To my knowledge AZ are the only ones not doing it for profit.

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If Boris had done that I'm afraid it would be viewed different to your explanation 🙄🤔 , but overall the main duty of the government is to get as much vaccine as possible as quickly as possible , and TBH the problems of other country's are low on his priority . He is playing a strait bat , quiet rightly , and quoting a contract . The damage of relations is showing now , shame because some people I have met in France have been fantastic .

Won't stop me taking the kids to euro parks , and hopefully fish a bit , and driving around the lovely empty country .
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   Old Thread  #299 30 Jan 2021 at 9.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Twisting it as in stating that they want to institute a hard border. There was a couple of hours between the announcement they wanted to make checks to ensure that NI wasn't being used as a backdoor for vaccine shipments from Belgium, and an announcement that they'd basically made a massive mistake and it won't be happening.
Hugely embarrassing from the EU but let's not make out that they've stomped all over the GF agreement.
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   Old Thread  #298 30 Jan 2021 at 9.15am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Do you people really think that we cant produce vaccine in big numbers if we wanted to? Half of pharma companies in the world can produce vaccine if they would be asked to...
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   Old Thread  #297 30 Jan 2021 at 9.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not really twisting it is it....it's what happened! Let's face it, the EU ordered 3 months after the UK and have only approved it for use yesterday and now expect to be first in the queue. Now they put in special measures to control exports to the UK in order to get it despite AZ having problems with supply....talk about scapegoats for their own ball's up. Maybe giving AZ some support instead of waving contracts at them would be more constructive considering the **** we're in at present.
And people go on about us lowering standards..think they should take a look at their own moral compass tbh.

They started to show their true colours in the Brexit negotiations and now they have again.

Rant over...happy Saturday everyone
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   Old Thread  #296 30 Jan 2021 at 8.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think that's twisting what happened a little, certainly a big mistake by the EU and they U turned after only a couple of hours of announcing their plans which were never implemented.
AZ are causing all kinds of trouble with the supply of their vaccine.
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   Old Thread  #295 30 Jan 2021 at 7.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just mark the bait packaging "Covid Vaccine" , our "friends" will be pleased to let them through , except in NI where less than a month in they want to implement a hard border , and to think for years they kept saying it would be us 🤔
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   Old Thread  #294 30 Jan 2021 at 6.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Multi coloured in red, white and blue😂
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   Old Thread  #293 29 Jan 2021 at 10.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think the cost and time involved in travelling via NI would make your boilies rather expensive.
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   Old Thread  #292 29 Jan 2021 at 10.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not ruining a decent thread........Last word is all yours.......
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   Old Thread  #290 29 Jan 2021 at 9.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iím sure there is a way through that back door.......Iím not talking of exporting tons in one go, Iím talking about small bait order FFS........I bet if I load my car up with bait and drive to northern island I would have no issue when arriving in NI unlike Calais where their playing by the book.......

Also, No need for the hostile reply, keep that in the non carp section........after all itís just an idea?!
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Hereís an idea for some.......If you have friends in NI close to the ROI border it may be worth getting a UK order from ANY bait firm and sent to them, they cross invisible border into the ROI and the post to EU country of choice.......thereís always a loophole.......
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   Old Thread  #287 29 Jan 2021 at 5.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've sourced bait for when/if anglers start to travel over.
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I know 2 that are , because unless you really really want to use your own it is not a problem . For some reason we think the whole of the EU use mainline , but it much more diverse than that . It's their laws , we will get used to it and adapt .
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   Old Thread  #285 29 Jan 2021 at 5.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I know at least one is....
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   Old Thread  #284 29 Jan 2021 at 4.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I would've thought lake owners would be aware of whats going on and already be making enquiries regarding bait etc,,,

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   Old Thread  #283 29 Jan 2021 at 11.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Check with the lake owner as he will probably be able to source bait for you.
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What worries me is the timing of getting bait in france. Usually I'm on the boat late Fri/very early arriving at the lake sat morning. I might have to start taking the friday off to go somewhere in France to get bait.
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   Old Thread  #281 29 Jan 2021 at 8.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Canít believe the Government has got involved in boileegate.........they take our boilee exports so the government is keeping their vaccines.......nice on Boris......
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   Old Thread  #280 29 Jan 2021 at 8.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What is a difference? You are camping and do what you like in a foreign country... Unless you are paid to do it it a holiday.
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its a fishing trip, not a holiday
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   Old Thread  #278 29 Jan 2021 at 7.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There are plenty of them mate😂
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Get mine from a local farm here in France. Finest back bacon, Cumberland sausage and their apple and cider bangers are the nuts! Nice English couple.
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   Old Thread  #276 29 Jan 2021 at 7.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This so funny, somebody decides to go on holiday in foreign land and than he wants food, bait etc from home...
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👍 sounds good
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   Old Thread  #274 28 Jan 2021 at 10.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There's quite a few British farmers in France that sell direct and butcher themselves so produce British cuts, all within France.
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   Old Thread  #273 28 Jan 2021 at 9.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Jimmy are these British cuts etc sourced in France or UK?
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We're planning on setting up a system where customers can order from a British owned farm shop localish to us that sell British cuts including sausage and bacon and have it delivered to us on site. There's always alternatives.
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Be careful of the sausages, they 're often pony.
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indeed they do, but i bet my life on it they dont do cuts of meat i get...and i get i free
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Yup. But amazingly they have supermarkets, butchers and bakers on the continent.
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Funny 😂😂😂😂
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i know this thread is about the bait ban in eu countries but there is also a ban on dairy and meat products, even things made from either so taking food over if your on a drive n survive could be a struggle.
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We've had many 'sponsored' anglers absolutely crippled by their inflexibility regarding bait, whole holidays wasted because they can get something that is untried and unrecommended cheap..
The trend of everyone out there wanting to be 'sponsored' by a bait company does more to boost bank balances than catch rates.

This isn't a criticism of the individual baits in themselves, but one bait that works well in one water may bomb in another, the same goes for the time of year. You've got to be flexible when fishing different waters and fidelity to sponsorships prevent that.

So maybe this will be one bonus of the bait ban.
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   Old Thread  #264 27 Jan 2021 at 2.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Would you want anglers with that attitude on your lake anyway?
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mad mate....absolutley mad

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That's reduculous especially when they'll still be able to use there hookbaits, more likely they're just too tight to pay for their own loose feed.
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Just seen a post on fb where group of anglers dont want to pay balance because they are all sponsored and dont know if they will be able to bring their baits over... can you imagine you cant go fishing because you are sponsored?? this carpfishing world really is in ****s...
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a bit like fishing places like drayton!#

cracks me up when someone posts theyve caught so and so amount of fish and then quotes a bait frim "doing the biz"

FFS....thats no indication on the quality of said bait, the dam things are starving and will eat a fag butt
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   Old Thread  #259 27 Jan 2021 at 9.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This is why I don't think the bait ban will have TOO much of an effect. On places like Abbey which sees a lot of decent British bait, catch results may suffer. On a public lake/river I doubt it'll make an ounce of difference. I see Decathlon sell their own range of fishmeals which don't look too shabby (they certainly don't have bullseyes on them)

As i've said previously, I'll just look for a supplier of maize and i'll be more than confident using that on the publics.
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Sorry was replying to Oldfellah... yeah the funky colour ones are supermarket specials... me and Oldfellah fished a lake together sometime around 2003. An English bloke turned up with about 50kg of those multicoloured Ä2 a kg jobies and outcaught everyone else on the lake that week
I very much doubt they'd work on well fed, lower stock waters though!
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This was early 2019 🤔.
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I have to disagree with my Dad here on the Dutch bait front... most, but not all of what I've seen Dutch lads bring over the years has been terrible. But we have very few Dutch anglers these days so it may well have changed in recent years.
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Signal is French - Starbaits/Sensas
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Yes , on the link I posted if you scroll down you get to a better quality , if a higher price reflects that , choice . I have a couple of friends where I can get something like Eddie Sterckx baits delivered , let's not forget thousand of French anglers chip off at the weekends , so if rules are rules we will change to their baits , it ain't a deal breaker surely.
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The supermarkets used to do boilies of all colors and including stripes, spots, etc. Things have moved on since those days and as in the UK if you by cheap the quality will reflect that. There are now some good baits rolled over here and also in Holland. Our Dutch regulars bring very good bait with them and another lake owner who I am friends with has stocked a Dutch bait, Signal for some years and not only is it decent quality but certainly catches well. One thing you will find is that UK baits such as Mainline and Nash are premium prices in the tackle shops here even before the Brexit issues. Your friendly lake owner will be best best for either supplying or finding decent baits, he won't want crap going in his lake.
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We were fishing a public in the Loire region and got chatting (well kind of) with a french guy when he went and got his boilies 👀👀👀👀Jesus! They were green and had white circles with a red bullseye on them. Hard to describe really but me and my mate had to hold back from wetting ourselves (we can be immature at times but then we are men) the guy then out fished us all week 🤷‍♂️
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   Old Thread  #250 26 Jan 2021 at 2.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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To be fair the export problem is only if they supply a lake or shops . The main problem we are discussing is that we as individuals can't load our cars up , only effect their sales to us that take it with us . As iv posted below you can buy bait over there , just may not be the stuff we use over here .

Be interesting to hear what French / Germans / Dutch use .
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I've seen somewhere a bait company saying that an export certificate isn't yet available that applies to them so they aren't able to export at all. I still believe export in large batches could be economically feasible, but the days of sending over small amounts cwrtainly seem to be over.
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   Old Thread  #248 26 Jan 2021 at 1.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They can export, problem is it just costs a lot, as every single shipment will be checked if it is in line with paperwork they claim they have, so very gruel process... and to be honest nobody knows anything about brexit even now. Deal that was "made" still have to be verified in parliaments of every single eu country (could be wrong about that) for it to be valid. Lets be honest bait companies have been hiding behind all sorts of business to avoid certain paperwork for a long time I guess now it is time when (legally) that will affect their ability to sell abroad. And as it was said here for many times already I dont believe uk anglers will have many problems coming in eu with bait once this corona **** is over it will be bigger problem for eu anglers to get/order/buy uk baits direct or via eu retail... luckily there are alternatives.
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   Old Thread  #247 26 Jan 2021 at 1.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Tad unfair..... The deal wasn't agreed until the 24th, so exactly how were they- or any other business- supposed to prepare?

I listened to a cheese maker on the radio yesterday who had prepared and can't export to EU countries. He needs a health certificate for every truckle, which is very expensive.

If the Scottish Fishing Industry are struggling, I can understand why boilie makers are.

Also heard that as part of the deal Johnson could have agreed to common food standards but chose not to legislate for that when it was ratified in parliament......
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   Old Thread  #246 26 Jan 2021 at 12.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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... and in the meantime their EU based customers are looking for and finding alternative suppliers, unfortunately.
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   Old Thread  #245 26 Jan 2021 at 12.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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In fairness, nobody knew what the deal would look like until days before the UK left. The bait manufacturers that spent the time ensuring everything was up to EU spec (baitworks may be one) are also unable to export currently and as far as I'm aware no company currently knows how feasible exporting intonthe EU is going to be. This isn't just affecting bait either, loads of companies are unable to export into the EU currently.
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I hear Baitworks put a post up about brexit that is no longer on their Facebook page 🤔 , hmmm .

http://www.carpe-atomic.com/

quick Google shows shops do stock baits out in France 🙄 , a few options there as I pass through , could even buy online and pick up? .
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   Old Thread  #243 26 Jan 2021 at 12.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What they really mean is in all the years since the referendum they never bothered their arses looking into what they would have to do from 1st Jan this year, just like many other companies.

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   Old Thread  #242 26 Jan 2021 at 12.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Baitworks

Hi Michael,


Unfortunately as it stands with new rules as of Brexit, we are unable to ship out to the E.U.†


We re not sure if or when we will be able to send overs back out to the E.U.


Sorry for the inconvenience.


Many thanks.

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   Old Thread  #241 25 Jan 2021 at 10.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lots bought it direct through ABS to bring here too, I never minded and weve always been pleased to recommend other alternative baits that work well too. The idea is to provide and promote a bait that catches well and is good for the fish, sales are a bonus and plenty of customers were more than happy to spend the extra to save on hassle or top up what they bought. We run a specimen carp lake not a bait shop!

Silverslayer... its a ludicrous state of affairs and as I've said before bait will be a drop in the ocean compared to the havoc being wrought on businesses as a whole.
I suspect your right regarding smuggling and a few friends have hinted that they won't be put off... its just a matter of time now to find out if the Douane are going to be strict.
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Tag dinghy 😲😁
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We'll be having rubber dinghies leaving the UK full of boilies
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Boilies will be more lucrative than cocaine or hash the way things are going
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Jimmy,

There was an article in the Telegraph today (yes them who supported Brexit) advising British companies who export to Europe regularly to open 'hubs' in Europe.

Let's think about that. Those who wax lyrical about the benefits of Brexit and promised "sunny uplands" and only positives of Brexit, are now publishing articles advising companies how to overcome an inevitable consequence of Brexit!

James O Brien on LBC (I know not everyones cup of tea) ran a phone in this very morning on the subject. He was inundated with calls from small business owners who were experiencing
problems with exports. Some were either closing or moving to EU. (there was a T-shirt supplier who makes promotional T-shirt and merchandise for bands on tour that was moving his entire operation to EU zone for example).

I suspect Mainline to be the first to to exactly this, after all they have adequate connections to have a distribution site in northern France /champagne area.

If you do the numbers it's worth doing (importing British bait, doing the paperwork then distributed in FRANCE) but... I suspect once this all dies down, anglers will take their chances on "smuggling" it in. It remains to be seen how French customs will deal with it. If they take a hard view, which they might, I can see many anglers vans being emptied at Dover just to check if bait is present or not, especially if some anglers start to smuggle. That will go down well! Loading my van takes bloody ages!





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A lake I fish in France used to get abs to ship out all of his bait in the past but most of the anglers used to take abs for cheaper than he sold it.

Thatís why he now gets his boilies either from Holland or Belgium
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I've talked to a lad from ABS but as they're not sure whats what right now and are currently closed due to obvious reasons, I'm getting back in touch mid Feb.
I think making actual bait orders are the last thing on most French lake owners minds at the moment, spending out on bait orders is not a good idea when we have no idea when British customers can make it over. Ordering bait from the UK in smaller quantities for personal use won't be feasible going forward I shouldn't think, there'll be too much admin and costs per order involved to bother with anything but large orders.
UK companies are being advised to open hubs on the continent so that they can ship over in bulk, which minimises costs and administration significantly, and then dispatch to EU customers from inside the EU. It seems like this should be the model for UK bait companies or possibly a business opportunity for a middle man who's got the money to invest into something like this, they could also offer a selection of British foods including meat ect. If I was based near the ports and had money burning a hole in the bank it's what I'd be thinking of doing!
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   Old Thread  #234 25 Jan 2021 at 2.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just emailed Jonhnson Ross and Baitworks about delivery to germany. Keep you uptated
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   Old Thread  #233 25 Jan 2021 at 1.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Back on track .. anyone in the EU tried ordering bait from the UK yet?
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sorry jon, i ment to put " in reply to post 228"
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It was in reply to post 228

Hence the 'In reply to Post #228' bit....
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I think the post is about taking bait to europe?
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Immigration was a key reason due to seeing the changes in European cities in the last five years. Far right fascist groups are on the rise, whereas in Britain they are declining. Why is that? Why do people travel through safe countries to make a new life in the UK? Why were Europeans arriving in Britain for 24 hours on the 30th of December to claim settlement? Why did we give 96% of applicants settlement status? We had 40k asylum claimants last year. Why didn't they want to stay in France or whichever port they arrived from? Why do they pay thousands to traffickers and forgers to circumnavigate the visa system to get here? Why do we have an agreement with Greece to not send back asylum seekers to them? For a racist xenophobic country, we certainly do far more than most.

It's not all about immigration, but under freedom of movement Europe has (in my opinion) became a fractured project which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people and made Britain a breeding ground for exploitation by way of prostitution, modern slavery etc etc. Why is it such a bad idea that people that people need to prove they are here for genuine reasons? Why is protecting 16 year old Bulgarian girls from prostitution such a bad idea? Why is preventing a Romanian being exploited for £3 an hour at a car wash such a bad thing?

This "stole my freedom of movement" thing makes me laugh though. Yes, you had freedom of movement. If you fancy going over to work in Spain, what stopped you? Oh, probably because their unemployment rate is treble that of the UK's. Sod all there for the kids neither, hence why they are here "serving our coffee in pret" as one pretentious tart once said on Question Time.

We are not perfect, but to many within Europe and the rest of the world, we are a Utopia, and I would not want to live anywhere else on the planet than Britain, this completely tiny insignificant island(!) that everyone loves, apart from Brits themselves.

If you use a kilo of boilies as a hammer to batter someone who voted leave, then have a word with yourself.
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   Old Thread  #227 24 Jan 2021 at 10.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There were restrictions before, but as we were part of the EU the restrictions didn't apply to us bringing bait back from France etc.. They would have applied coming back from a non EU country though.
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100% with you..
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Blue passports.....fish......😂😂😂😂
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   Old Thread  #221 23 Jan 2021 at 9.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah, right.....but the British Red tape introduced because of brexit that's strangling so many businesses is world beating at least.
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   Old Thread  #220 23 Jan 2021 at 8.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think Winkler means that we used to enforce the EU rule ourselves ourselves up until the start of this year.
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   Old Thread  #219 23 Jan 2021 at 7.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Any longer? You mean before you couldn't take bait back to the UK? Don't think that's correct at all.
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I believe the way it stands is yes, you can bring unused bait back as the UK has no such restrictions in place any longer.
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   Old Thread  #217 22 Jan 2021 at 11.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My sentiments exactly.
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Which bits of the world would you like the UK to embrace that the EU hasn't?

Which EU regulations do you wish to change to move the UK forward?

Genuinely interested as I've never fully understood where Britain is supposed to now turn to in order to prosper and I find the idea of deregulation extremely worrying. Though I no longer live there, I still love my homeland and I see deregulation as an inevitable race to the bottom both environmentally and socially.
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   Old Thread  #215 22 Jan 2021 at 10.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Another scenario

Letís say we canít take boilies over to France so have to buy them there and if thereís any surplus would British customs allow them to be brought back
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Yes, the business I work for is affected in a big way but we expect normality to resume by March. Brexit is for life
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Are you aware of the new rules, imposed by the UK, that EU businesses must comply with in order to collect Vat on behalf of the UK government? At s cost of 1000 pounds to the importer.

See you in 5 years!
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Pin this post and review in 5 years.

Brexit allows the UK to prosper as the EU slowly dies. It is slow, too protective and bureaucratic with regulations that are far too complex. The UK embraces the rest of the world.

I can live with some importing/ exporting bait.
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And it makes me very sad about how we have actually ended up in this situation..
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At least someone gets it.....
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Quite right, well said
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I think, after reading through some comments, that there's a lack of appreciation of how far removed we have become from the EU and the larger single market it governs. It is now much easier to move goods between Turkey and the EU as they are members of the customs union.

Britain's choice to prioritise sovereignity over all else has severe repercussions, whatever you think of the EU or more importantly, the common market which preceded it, it has been of huge benefit to its members and the UK was one nation that did better out of it than most.

Taken from History.com's article on the European Common Market:

Britain and other European nations initially declined to join the "Common Market and established the weaker European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in 1960 as an alternative. By the early 1960s, however, the Common Market nations showed signs of significant economic growth, and Britain changed its mind. Because of its close ties to the United States, however, French President Charles de Gaulle twice vetoed British admission, and Britain did not join the EC until January 1973"

I'm confident that the UK would have prospered if the entire EEC had disbanded and we'd been on a level playing field with all other nations - we have a strong history as traders and innovators. But this new relationship places Britain at the periphery of our closest and most important market.
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Just a point in support of my point on the reciprocal nature of rules. 30% of orders delivered from the UK to Europe are being refused by customers because of the duties and taxes added without notice prior to arrival. Some bigger UK companies considering destroying goods rather than face the costs of recovery.
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One point that has little mention is the extra cost of selling bait in the EU now. With duty and admin costs it is possible that UK made bait could be priced out once it reaches the shelf. At the moment baits such as Nash and Mainline that can be found in many angling shops are anything up to 15 euro's per kilo and with the added costs after Brexit it will be interesting to see how prices pan out. I think the way forward for anglers visiting France will be to source bait either at the lake or from one of the many rolling companies already established in the EU. Obviously if border restrictions are eased it will be 'business as usual'. Time will tell.
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It could just as easily happen that after borders open with tourists again anglers will be "smuggling" in bait and all related products for trade in the back of their van... I know we did it on some other border before 😂 if they cant search every car for drugs they for sure are not gonna stop every car for bait... For trade is different as will still have to go to custom&vet inspection etc... But once a shop has got one batch with papers adding additional supply from the back of the van is a piece of cake... Nothing new in any business there...
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Bit late but
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Why am I I've not criticised anyone I've not insulted anyone, I gave my opinion on an open forum abiding by the forum rules which is more than can be said for you, if you don't agree with me that's fine, give your argument but I don't see why you feel the need to personally attack me, but if thatswhat you have to do to make yourself feel better then carry on fella 👍🏻
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Its quite interesting that a lot of comments on this thread mirror views Before and after we entered the common market! Im old enough to remember that taking foodstuffs abroad was also ďbannedĒ but it didnt stop me mum filling her suitcase with bacon and sausages every time we travelled!

Not to mention prices went up overnight when we joined.

It will all settle down. Folk will stash their boilies and the odd unlucky soul will get pulled over for a once over. Happened to us last year for a drugs swab of the car (glad i gave up the weed when I was 17)

Do we really think the french are going to fastidiously enforce the rules as currently interpreted?

Im more interested in the logistics of it all, presumably any french customs/border checks will remain on the UK eurotunnel side and they will operate a random check, if they are there and can be arsed!

Be interesting to see what happens in reality


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Lol, the thing is it's probably peopl that voted remain moaning the most because its a result of something they didn't want, as a leave voter I'm willing to accept hardship and inconvenience for what I feel will be good for the country in the longterm, but it's just my opinion and I can see why people are against it and that's their opinion, what ever happens regarding food and bait it's nothing compared to the inconvenience caused by the Chinese it's just a temporary distraction 😂
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No argument Chris, it is purely that when we are suffering from our own decision I find it irritating that so many people seem to think it is the French putting one over us !! You must excuse me mate, I am an old sod after all !! lol
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I've said I agree and I don't think they should change the rules why do you keep trying to argue with me lol all I've said is that they always took the piss out of us when we were in the union and that if they allow us to resume bringing meat and dairy over they will want something in return.
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We chose to leave the 'club' and now think they should change the club rules to accommodate us. It will never happen. We voted to become a third party nation and now have to accept the changes that that entails. To be subject to the normal third nation import regulations is just one part of that.
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I think you'll find we are not stopping people from the EU from bringing in meat and dairy, that's what I meant about it working both ways.
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IT DOES. We are only hearing the UK side. All of these arrangements are reciprocal. We helped to write them and applied them to the rest of the world for over 40 years. Why do you think the EU didn't want us to leave. They knew what a pain in the wallet it would be and so did our politicians. Money, laws, sovereignty and borders and f**k business as Boris said
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I am really suprised at the opinion people have about carp being important to the EU. Our own government and the EU couldn't give a rat **** about Carp fishing and im sure it was never something that was discussed in negotiations .

It is what it is, Companies like mainline and Dynamite are going to want to export to France and once thats all setup i would imagine the rules could change slightly but until then it is what it is so we have to get on with it. Im due out end of March i dont care what bait i use as long as i get to go
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   Old Thread  #191 21 Jan 2021 at 4.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm talking about in general they've been mugging us off for years, I havnt actually got a problem with them for enforcing the rules of bringing in certain products its common sense but it should work both ways.
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   Old Thread  #190 21 Jan 2021 at 4.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Using the same rules and regulations that we also applied to all third Countries that were not part of the EU or the Schengen area. The rules haven't changed ...it is us that chose to leave .
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   Old Thread  #189 21 Jan 2021 at 4.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Because they're out for everything they can get from us and always have been.
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   Old Thread  #188 21 Jan 2021 at 2.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just stumbled across this in my boredom. Not sure if there is anything in it that we haven't already seen.

https://hoboarmour.com/blogs/news/new-laws-stopping-english-anglers-taking-bait-to-france
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   Old Thread  #187 21 Jan 2021 at 1.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That tool at pimlico plumbers has got on the bandwagon. If you work for me you must have the vaccine! Not many workers rights there.
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   Old Thread  #186 21 Jan 2021 at 11.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You may be right, it depends on your view political or otherwise. There are plenty of EU environmental restrictions in place that are based upon very little science. Workers rights were another tool used by both sides during the Brexit debate. I doubt they will reduce but again only time will tell.
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   Old Thread  #185 21 Jan 2021 at 11.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you look at the bills that are being discussed at the moment they are all feared to be reduced from EU standards. For one example that has been agreed is the re-listing of insecticides that the EU banned due their effect on the environment, in particular bee's. To quote a recent report - ďHowever, the commitments on labor and environmental standards are considerably weaker than expected; there is only a commitment not to lower current levels of protection to the extent that any reductions may affect trade or investmentĒ.

There is a strong feeling that environmental factors will be sacrificed if it affects investment of profit now that we have left the EU.
On the plus side perhaps Boris and pals will surprise us all and keep high food standards, great environmental standards and workers rights but don't hold your breath !! lol And lets not forget the Blue passport !
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   Old Thread  #184 21 Jan 2021 at 11.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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On what basis do you say that Jim.
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But is looking to lower them along with reducing workers rights and environmental protections. I am afraid that anglers having problem with taking bait abroad will not be high on the agenda of either the UK nor the EU.
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it wont change from an FSA prospective mate
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   Old Thread  #181 21 Jan 2021 at 9.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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And in 3 years?
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   Old Thread  #180 21 Jan 2021 at 8.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The UK has one of the highest Food Standards in the world.
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   Old Thread  #179 21 Jan 2021 at 8.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Quite right and lets not forget that the UK was party to making the rules for dealing with goods from countries outside the EU and quite frankly the UK government should have prepared for dealing with this in the last few years. By taking ourselves outside the single market and Schengen zone we have voted with out feet to be subject to the same rules as any other Country that is in the same situation.
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   Old Thread  #178 21 Jan 2021 at 7.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Why would the EU want more? It's their rules. Don't forget it was the UK who left, not the other way around.
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   Old Thread  #177 20 Jan 2021 at 11.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's in the sun aswell, as long as we don't lower our food standards but knowing the EU they will want a lot more than just that.
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   Old Thread  #176 20 Jan 2021 at 6.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ex Daily Express (so can you believe it?): A senior diplomat suggested EU countries could reconsider the meat and cheese ban and bring an end to customs officials confiscating packed lunches from British truckers.
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   Old Thread  #175 20 Jan 2021 at 3.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lol getting your car taken apart to bits by narco squad because of 5kg of boilies now that would be a result 😂😂
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   Old Thread  #174 20 Jan 2021 at 2.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I wouldnít stop people trying tho I donít think

Even buying the cheap scraps of boilies firms sell and having them on display may make them think theyíve had a result
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   Old Thread  #173 20 Jan 2021 at 2.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The trouble with that Hitman is they'll throw the book at you if they do find anything. You'd be far better off making it look like an honest mistake.
If they xray the van they may think you're trying to smuggle more than just bait out if you've got stuff hidden behind the panels.
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   Old Thread  #172 20 Jan 2021 at 1.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I donít think the market is big enough to set up over in France/Europe for us English carpers

People will find ways of hiding the boilies in vans ie air dry your boilies and if itís a panel van hide them behind some panels then just buy a sack of cheap maize as a diversion and if you get stopped hopefully they will just take the maize and not look any further 😉😜👍
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   Old Thread  #171 20 Jan 2021 at 12.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for clarifying
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   Old Thread  #170 20 Jan 2021 at 12.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I meant whos risking setting up a business in France, not knowing how big the market will be (if bringing across in the boot continues to be the norm if the Douane don't care) and who's going to risk taking bait across the channel to test the Douane.
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   Old Thread  #169 20 Jan 2021 at 11.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There are people still going over now. I haven't heard of anyone having bait confiscated. Whether any of those guys are prepared to share their experience I don't know.
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   Old Thread  #168 20 Jan 2021 at 10.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Who's risking it first!?

Someone like Mainline and it wouldn't be a risk it would be done with the correct paper work and within the law.

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Why wouldn't we allow it their food is produced to high EU standards.
We on other hand will be allowed to import such things as chlorinated chicken(which I don't have a problem with) from across the world and the EU wouldn't want that coming into their counties via the UK
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   Old Thread  #167 20 Jan 2021 at 10.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bang goes my half a hind quarter of beef BBq's then

Thats worst than not having any bait
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   Old Thread  #166 20 Jan 2021 at 9.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have just been reading about the restrictions we have on taking food and bait to France due to Brexit and was shocked to find that, in the deal negotiated by Boris, hat the restrictions are not reciprocal and do not apply to EU goods being exported from the Eu to the UK. The upside of this is that you can bring as much food and bait back from your French trip as you like......great news !!
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   Old Thread  #165 20 Jan 2021 at 0.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Too big a risk. For all our talk we've yet to see how the Douane feel about it. After all of this they may end up not giving a monkeys.
Who's risking it first!?
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Only 2 weeks
Could someone corner the Market?


I wouldn't be surprised someone is currently working on it.
Will it cost us more than before then? Probably yes, a bit annoying but at the end of the day it's only fishing bait.
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   Old Thread  #163 19 Jan 2021 at 11.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's been 2 weeks 🙄 , everyone is learning the new protocols needed .

Back on subject , with figures banded around of between 5 - 10 millions being lost by not setting up to export , could be that someone could corner the market ?, Lot of money there .

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   Old Thread  #162 19 Jan 2021 at 7.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I don't want the thread to go off piste and I'm certainly not getting into politics but for the record I voted remain. The press were stiring the pot on both sides and were as poor as the politicians, they all lied before the vote to suit there own argument and point of view. Some of them still can't except it and use it for Boris bashing at every opportunity...( I didn't vote for him either!) They do the same now with the pandemic, it's pathetic.
Being the pragmatic type I'm just trying to get on with it and deal with the fall out of leaving the EU the same as everyone else is that's effected by it but yes totally agree... the rules for countries outside the EU have been the same for years...
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https://www.douane.gouv.fr/demarche/vous-recevez-par-colis-ou-transportez-dans-vos-bagages-des-produits-dorigine-animale
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   Old Thread  #159 19 Jan 2021 at 5.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah I'm not disagreeing with you Jim and again as I said at he beginning of the thread I'm far from an expert on these matters but there are different VAT rules for goods, services and e-commerce/distance selling...its beyond complicated but if you read stuff from the press which had a preference to remain/anti government they'll always pick out the worst parts of everything!

I've had a couple of supplier's stop shipping so well aware it's happening...
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Have you got a link that doesn't require a sign in?

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   Old Thread  #157 19 Jan 2021 at 3.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The UK's new VAT on imports system is unique in the world... for a reason it turns out

https://www.ft.com/content/bae02f57-a648-45fd-a774-6b341aa59caf
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   Old Thread  #156 19 Jan 2021 at 3.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Same thing applies to UK companies exporting to the EU once you reach a certain limit....which the French have reduced by quite a lot...
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The VAT system the UK government has put in place is an absolute fiasco, designed to shift the UK's shortcomings onto possible importers.
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   Old Thread  #154 19 Jan 2021 at 3.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We are now charged as a third country which was our choice and again, any paperwork and charges we put on will be applied where goods are imported. One thing that is stopping a lot o smaller companies exporting to the UK from the EU is that Boris insist that they register for UK vat and collect it on behalf of our Government. The cost of doing so is totally out of any perspective to the value of trade. Interesting times ahead methinks.
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   Old Thread  #153 19 Jan 2021 at 3.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I trust the "rope" pulls both ways and we apply the same rules to French cheese, wines and other food stuffs heading for the UK ?
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   Old Thread  #152 19 Jan 2021 at 12.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Correct Winkler and again this works out against small businesses in general.
If you're not VAT registered then you can't zero rate VAT for export but France will still slap VAT on over a certain value I believe (I'm not 100% on this as I know that for smaller lower value items this can be avoided but I think there is a cap on this and it still needs to be applied over a certain amount)
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   Old Thread  #151 19 Jan 2021 at 12.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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its a substantial amount of bait and revenue mate.

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   Old Thread  #150 19 Jan 2021 at 12.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes 20kg is a minimum here, 30kg is usual for boilies alone.
I also suspect that more than 1000 anglers cross the border each week during the season.
Working out the numbers involved also validates the EU'S stance on bait. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking its just a few bags here and there in the back of peoples vans but 700-1000+ tons a year is not an inconsiderable amount.
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   Old Thread  #149 19 Jan 2021 at 12.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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An earlier post but you should not be charged VAT on any UK export now, unlike prior to the 1st Jan. You will of course pay duties there in France including handling fees no doubt..
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   Old Thread  #148 19 Jan 2021 at 12.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That looks reasonable to me, as an average probably about right. If you were to include hookbaits, liquids, pellets, particles, it is a viable business opportunity..
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   Old Thread  #147 19 Jan 2021 at 12.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i know on my trips bait is an average of 40Kg per angler...
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Say 1000 anglers come over each week (no idea how many come over, anyone know?) all with 20kg (conservative) that's 20 tons a week by my calculation. All paying say £7 a kg on average that'd be 140k worth of trade a week for the industry or nearly £5 million in a 35 week season.

Those numbers seem right to everyone?
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regarding overseas bait sales,

its high, as people generally take alot more per week than they do in their uk angling..
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I voted leave , and without doubt things are cropping up that people did not realise , but I always thought it would be a bit chaotic for the first 6 months at least , with people having to change in many ways . The bait thing , within 12 hours I'd arranged bait to be picked up over there , and even if it's not what I use over here, it's not a bad replacement .
I feel for the people in the well thought out posts below, like smaller businesses effected etc , although I'm not sure what percentage of the average bait company's income is reliant on overseas sales , perhaps someone knows ?.

Polish going home ? , I work with loads , lots are only here short term , and with the work place availability over there changing some friends have gone home , brexit or not .

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   Old Thread  #143 19 Jan 2021 at 9.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Spot on..
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What I donít get is that weíve had nearly 5? years, since the referendum, to get things sorted before 1st January this year 🤷🏻‍♂️

These rules have always applied to countries outside the EU and they are not new rules that were made up on 1st Jan. Other countries outside the EU still seem to get their products into the EU and have their processes in place.

But us being the typical British have waited until the last minute and now flapping, huffing and puffing about not having the right paperwork to get some boilies into the EU 😂. The rules are the rules and they have been there for a long time. People like Mainline, Nash, CCMoore etc could of easily of gotten all the relevant paperwork in place so they can export their products. Now itís been left until the last minute itís going to be a big rush and no doubt big costs now to get everything needed in place. Probably hoping for a deal to be put in place and didnít bother to prepare themselves for a no deal

And unfortunately all of these extra cost will be passed on to us customers
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Bait shouldn't have been a reason to make you vote either way you're right, however being a member of several Expat groups on Facebook there's a clear pattern forming which I find sad. The larger companies in various different sectors are able to afford the extra man hours and investment into cutting through the red tape, the people left behind are going to be the smaller companies that can't - I've seen a lot of people looking down their nose at 'Freds in sheds' but that's where a lot of businesses start out and there's never been shame in any business staying small (quite the contrary in fact - small businesses often thrive by offering superior and bespoke products and services).
I read an interesting article yesterday by a UK>EU removals firm detailing all the paperwork now needed and predicting the end to 'man and a van' operations due to the administration needed to clear customs which is just one of the many examples to show that less than three weeks in and the signs are its nibbling away at cross border business already, with the little men set to fall first as always.
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I voted leave , and not taking a bit of bait to France for a weeks holiday is a hollow excuse to change .

I will buy bait out there , be it lake specials , or pre ordered French/Dutch/Belgium companies at tackle shops etc .
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Look down a couple of posts
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   Old Thread  #134 18 Jan 2021 at 9.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Angling Trust are now involved. They are lobbying the Government for a rule change.

https://anglingtrust.net/2021/01/15/anglers-to-challenge-brexit-bait-ban/
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There's loads of ways around these new rules. Bait from the UK should still be able to be exported to shops and venues in Europe, it just looks like it'll be a ballache and might increase costs. Theres also tons of bait companies within Europe.
Its a big change but not a terrible one.
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   Old Thread  #131 17 Jan 2021 at 10.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I hope I'm wrong but it 's only January the 17th yet it sounds like your are already resigned doomed to failure.
Granted not everyone but there's a few fair few on here that seem it's not ideal situation but not a showstopper
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   Old Thread  #130 17 Jan 2021 at 10.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The AT seems to think they have the ability to negotiate with Brussels over this... I think they're a little bit out of their league to say the least.
To say that boilies are not going to enter the foodchain because they are used by catch and release anglers shows a certain degree of ignorance too.
Many boilies are used by anglers to fish public lakes and rivers where removing fish for the table is quite commonplace in France and even more so in other EU countries.
Fish are also sold by catch and release fisheries and may end up becoming part of the foodchain - for example, several times in the past we've sold small carp to our local commune for them to stock in the village lake which allows anglers to take their catch home with them. We sold pike to a fish farmer a few years ago and there's a very good chance they became table fish - and we all know pike eat a certain amount of boilies.

We once sampled one of our nuisance catfish and were surprised to find the flesh was quite pleasant.
The following year we took a catfish from a friends lake up the road and did the same thing, it smelt funny, its flesh had a yellow tint and when we decided to give it a miss even the dogs wouldn't touch it. I strongly suspect that it was bait thay had tainted the flesh.

This is well above the AT's pay grade in my opinion.
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   Old Thread  #129 17 Jan 2021 at 9.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
From the Angling Trust

Anglers to challenge Brexit bait ban

15 January 2021
The Angling Trust has joined forces with bait manufacturers Dynamite and Mainline in urgently seeking clarification on Brexit ruling which will effectively ban UK anglers from taking baits with them on fishing trips in Europe.

Since the UK-EU Trade Agreement came into force on January 1st, the export of baits derived from animal produce, such as boilies, requires a European Health Certificate (EHC) to be completed. At present, the EHC for baits of this sort are under the same requirements as exporting animal feed which involves exhaustive and expensive testing, and certification from a vet. To make export to Europe cost effective, the Angling Trust believes bait needs to sit under a simpler EHC classification.

Mark Owen, the Angling Trustís Head of Freshwater, said:

ďThe Angling Trust has retained active engagement with the European Commission through our membership of the European Anglers Alliance and we will continue to press the EU to facilitate this change of EHC classification.

ďIt is apparent, from our understanding, that the current position will impact on anglers purchasing bait in England to go fishing in Europe once Covid travel restrictions are lifted as they would have to produce an EHC if challenged. We are presently seeking clarification that our interpretation is correct and more information will follow.Ē

Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO and keen carp angler, added:

ďItís ridiculous that fishing baits for a species that is returned alive are being treated as if they were part of the food production process. I have asked my team at the Angling Trust to work with the angling trade to press the European Commission to see sense.Ē

The Angling Trades Association also hope to provide a briefing on the issues next week.
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   Old Thread  #128 17 Jan 2021 at 7.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Big UK bait companies will still export from the UK to Europe. We are talking here about anglers taking bait over for a fishing trip. Totally different situations. Same as a huge dairy company exporting cheese to the EU. They will still be able to but you won't be able to take any wether on a week's fishing or fortnight in Benidorm
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Not being able to take bait to France would not effect my decision to vote the way I did .

I see a bait company posted on Facebook about the situation along the line of - this is what you voted for , and then deleted the post .

Google bait company's and tackle shops over there and options come up .
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   Old Thread  #126 17 Jan 2021 at 0.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Jimmy, this all makes complete sense to me.

One additional thought, the major UK Bait industry does export to the US. To do so, it has to pass US regulations, and Mainline, CCMoore, DNA et al seem to have been able to do so, consequently we can buy their stuff here on www.bigcarptackle.com.

I am sure EU Regs are different, probably more challenging, but given time and investment, probably the big bait suppliers can comply, given the market opportunity?

Suppose we will see how soon this may happen...
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   Old Thread  #125 16 Jan 2021 at 11.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A post I wrote on FB earlier, it may be of interest to some on here... I'd got fed up with seeing so many daft comments, especially on the AT post which fanned the flames....

It seems that lots of carp anglers are feeling victimised by the EU right now regarding the bait situation. I can assure you that the guys and gals in Brussels didn't purposefully go out of their way to stick it to British carp anglers.

The rules that outlaw bait and other foodstuffs from being brought over the border post Brexit are long standing rules for countries outside of the EU's single market. It is also the rule for entry into many countries in the world for biosecurity reasons - many are much stricter. Even if a product is made to EU standards it needs to go through the proper checks and customs procedures which include things like veterinary checks, all of which aren't feasible when your just taking 30kg with you on holiday.

UK bait companies will still be able to export into the EU, however they will now have go through the same export procedures as every other nation in the world has to when they export products into the EU. This is turning out to be difficult as the procedures for exporting animal feeds into EU is quite extensive by the sounds of things.
Boilies are classed as an animal feed in Europe because freshwater fish are commonly eaten all over Europe therefore boilies are likely to enter into the human foodchain. This is certainly true of France where many communal lakes and state owned waterways allow you to take your catch home with you.

The reason why these customs checks have become necessary now is because by leaving the EU single market we have taken over control of many laws and standards that the EU has had control over. In order to protect it's citizens and its livestock from foods and feeds inferior to the standards set by EU law, these customs checks are now required to ensure that everything that passes into the single market meets these standards. Until the start of this month, the UK customs agents were in charge of policing these rules from imports from the USA for example.

The writing was on the wall for all these changes years ago, they aren't a surprise.

I'm sure this is obvious to many, however I felt I had to write something after reading literally hundreds of comments from angry carp anglers over the last few days who seem to think that this is some kind of punishment from Brussels and that they'll 'change their minds' soon enough ect.

This is what Brexit is, this isn't political, this is the new normal and quite frankly, carp fishing will barely register on the radar when it comes to the headaches these new customs procedures are causing right now. It will settle down soon enough as both businesses and governments get to grips with the changes.
But the rules won't change.
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   Old Thread  #123 16 Jan 2021 at 8.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well there is nothing wrong with going backwards

Hopefully, something will get sorted in the future
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I was talking from our viewpoint as a venue in France. By 'here' I meant our lakes
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I don't get the inferenced that a European bait needs to be consitant here to work over there

English anglers try to infer that our baits are superior to basic French baits, now they probably are nutitionally but no one told the fish. Now if your fishing a pressurized English type water in Europe then you may have a point as the fish will have been educated to certain baits, but I'd say the vast majority of waters this doesn't apply to.

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Had to have a wry laugh when I saw that earlier. I'm not sure why the carp fishing industry thinks it has enough clout to change long standing customs rules for entry into the EU. I'm also not sure why bait should be exempt from the checks that apply to any to every other food or feed product when imported.
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   Old Thread  #119 16 Jan 2021 at 5.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
https://anglingtrust.net/2021/01/15/anglers-to-challenge-brexit-bait-ban/
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i suspect alot of the french baits are quite far behind the UK's bait development and with the lack of choice now, i bet my bottom dollar those bait firms will use inferior ingredients.... that happens enough over here
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   Old Thread  #117 16 Jan 2021 at 1.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My biggest concern in all this is that our fish are super picky - many baits just don't work here, or only work for certain months. We know which British baits we can recommend but its going to be a steep learning curve trying to get to grips with French baits, I only know of one European bait that is consistent here. Its why I'd like to source a known quantity form the UK to use alongside French baits until we've learnt a bit more.
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And as you will know lake owners will only be supplying quality bait as no owner wants crap bait being shovelled in their lake.
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i appreciate that mate
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The thing is Frenzy, lakes have nothing to do with these new rules and you will have other options than buying from the venue.

'I want to use my own bait' doesn't change the facts that are being discussed here.
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quite a few i wont mention
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   Old Thread  #111 16 Jan 2021 at 12.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Who is charging you 10 per kg for 80kg that you want to take with you?
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Relevance being

i dont want to use a different bait to what ive used for the past 15 odd yrs.

most "supplied" baits ive come across (optionally) are silly prices. granted i dont pay over for my bait and i dont mind paying, but i do when it starts getting silly.

£10 a kg, when you use quantities like i do, it becomes very expensive. not just for me, but for others on the trip/s

Plus alot of bait firms i dont trust and trust is everything i my book.
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   Old Thread  #109 16 Jan 2021 at 12.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What is your fishery Jimmy?

I'd imagine just holding off doing anything for now as EU/UK export is a complete disaster area right now and will most likely continue to be for a while. It may well become viable to produce a small range of baits if the demand i.e. UK angler numbers are there still and there is no work around the current regs. Time will tell..
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   Old Thread  #108 16 Jan 2021 at 11.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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According to a couple of the large bait firms, currently nobody can export bait, from what I've heard there isn't a suitable export document available yet. We're also in a situation where we don't know when we will reopen again so investing in stock is out of the question at the moment - I was intending to contact ABS at the end of the month to find out if they plan on exporting, everything has been so up in the air I thought it best to give them a few weeks to get to grips with the situation before asking.

Id like to be in the position where we can offer both a French made bait and a well known UK made bait, or a choice of two French baits if importing from the UK isn't viable. Long-term we'd like to roll out own but that will require quite a large investment.
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   Old Thread  #107 16 Jan 2021 at 10.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Jimmy; do you have a plan for the future with ABS regarding continuation of supply?
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   Old Thread  #106 16 Jan 2021 at 10.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I don't understand the relevance.

You will have 4 choices.

Buy bait supplied by the lake.
Buy bait in Europe
Risk it and take it through the border
Decide to stop coming to Europe to fish (or any other country outside Europe for that matter, many have even stricter rules).

Weve been supplying a tweeked ABS bait for the last couple of years, we sold it for about £1 more per kg than you could buy it direct from ABS.
Some lakes take the piss, they're in the minority, most of us are just trying to run an honest business.
Prices are likely to go up everywhere after this year though, the cost of getting British bait out here is likely to go up anyway.
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simply put

I dont want to use a boillie thats not of my choice

I will not get mugged off with stupid bait prices of £10 per kg +
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An interesting point.

One thing for sure, this won't be the end to British bait being transported over the channel with anglers. We've only been talking about the rules and there is going to be loads of anglers who will risk it and attempt to bring bait - maybe even the majority. Whether the Douane increase checks and how severe the penalties will be for getting caught with 60kg of your favourite boilie nobody knows yet.
I wouldnt want to be the first to risk it as the Douane aren't known for being forgiving.

There seems to still be anglers travelling over here to fish by all accounts despite the ban thats been put on non residents travelling over. There appears to be a 'one rule for us and another rule for everyone else' attitude shared by many carp anglers.
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   Old Thread  #103 15 Jan 2021 at 7.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I canít see what everyone is getting flustered about , their rules and all that .

Supermarket near venue stock up sorted .
Sort out some maize and get soaking sorted .
If venues wonít let you use particle fish the rivers as thatís where a lot of the stock in muddy puddles came from anyway .
Still the up side is no more of these # posts these caught on this bait that bait scenario .

All chill out it will all get sorted in the future 🤔
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I wouldnít know, but I assume they sourced them in the EU. Would be interested to know otherwise.
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So I'll ask the question again :

What did the non EU based teams of anglers at the World Carp Classic etc do in regards to their baits used in the competition? Would be quite useful to know..
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From what I gather the big companies are unable to export at the moment as there is (currently) no export document which covers them. The checks and procedures that will apply to the bait seem to be a bit of an unknown, as are what customs clearance fees and duties it might attract. I dont think that it will be crippling however, the paperwork required is likely to be the difficulty in exporting rather than the cost.

It seems nobody really knows whats going to happen. One thing for sure, its going to be a lot more complicated than just acquiring an EORI number.
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Sorry BRB, I worded my post badly. Yes these rules have existed for a long time but only now apply to the UK as we have left the EU - there have been many people.claiming that the rules have existed for travelers from the UK for years which is untrue and stems from limits that were temporarily put in place during the foot and mouth outbreak.
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Shingoose's advice is again completely correct.
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This is an Export Health Certificate

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5f6a1902d3bf7f7239aa147b/Specimen-8333_English_V1.pdf
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That is totally inaccurate advice. You canít include an Export Health Certificate in product packaging. It is an official document, signed and stamped on every page by a DEFRA Vet, and the original hard copy has to travel with the goods for inspection by the EU customs officials. Angling Lines have it horribly wrong Iím afraid.
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I received an email from angling lines who are writing to their clients with what they know.

They have contacted UK bait companies and one mentioned that by including their export health certificate in the wording of on its bait packaging it would be compliant. They were hopeful this would satisfy the EU requirements. I am hoping the main bait companies will work on this to help their customers and keep their offshore sales going.
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Essential have stopped selling to Europe which gives a good idea.
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What information or advice are the major UK bait manufacturing companies providing, that would be useful?
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Thanks Colin for that information, so basically we canīt take any UK manufactured boilies then. Well we learnt how to catch carp without fishing baits off the hooks, so now following on from the hair rig, we need to use a fresh air rig, surely the carp will fall for that.
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David,

If boilies contain animal products such as egg, fish (but NOT meat or milk products), the MAX personal limit = 2kg
If boilies contain meat or milk products, the MAX personal limit = 0kg (ie totally banned, will be confiscated)

20kg limit is nothing to do with bait, itís only for fresh fish for human consumption and then under certain circumstances.

Other than these personal limits, if you want to take boilies into the EU youíll need to be a DEFRA approved exporter and every consignment will need microbiology tests, pre-export Vet checks, Export Health Certification, legal representation as a distributor in the EU, give 24hrs notice to the EU customs of your arrival and then have the goods inspected at the border.

Or, you can try a bit of smuggling and take your chances! Depends on how reasonable you think French customs will be.
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I understood the meat and dairy regs had been in place for a number of years Jimmy. It applied to items entering the EU. Pre Brexit it wasn't an issue for the English as we were already within the EU. Obviously things are now different for us as we are now importing.
If I have got that wrong sorry.
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Is there a limit to how much beer we can take, don't like the French stuff.
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Jimmy I am getting more and more confused, maybe it is an age thing, will we or won't we be allowed to take UK manufactured boiles to Europe and if we are, will the restriction be 20kgs? Thanks
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Not sure why anybody in the UK would want to use boilies made in the EU on UK waters, they are rubbish!!
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Shingoose is exactly right. The 20kg relates to pure fish products, no boilies would be applicable to this allowance.
There's no ifs buts and maybes anymore, boilies will not be permitted under the new rules. And they are NEW rules, seen loads of people saying that they have always existed - they haven't, it WAS perfectly fine taking meat, dairy and cereal products into the EU until the start of this month.
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Rather a kick in the teeth for U.K. manufacturers from our govt.

Hardly a surprise. It was Johnson who said '**** business' when questioned about Brexit concerns, after all.
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No, Iím sorry, thatís not correct. If youíre taking over the personal allowance (0kg if containing meat/milk, 2kg if containing neither) then where the boilies were made will make no difference to the requirement for an Export Health Certificate issued by a DEFRA Vet after an inspection of the individual consignment youíre looking to export into the EU. Plus all the other rigmarole associated with a commercial export will apply, even if youíre not looking to sell the goods.

The country of origin will only affect the issue of whether tariffs are applied (U.K. or EU origin = no tariffs, nonEU/U.K. = tariffs payable).

Indeed boilies made in France would need to travel to the U.K. with a French EHC, and then would need. U.K. EHC to go back the other way. Well, the French will need the EHC from July - our govt have given EU exporters 6 month grace that doesnít apply going U.K.-EU direction! Rather a kick in the teeth for U.K. manufacturers from our govt.
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   Old Thread  #83 15 Jan 2021 at 1.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I should think so.... it's the point of origin that is the issue. The difficulty would be proving it was made within the EU.
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Heres another angle.....wonder if you can take bait into france that was made in france and exported to the uk?
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Some cheap French lakes coming on the market soon then?
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It's EU regulations, not French.
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Just spoke to a friend in France , a bait company he uses is struggling to get ingredients now , as they relied on importing stuff from here .
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They will have to.
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   Old Thread  #77 14 Jan 2021 at 5.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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These rules were in place prior to us leaving the EU so nothing new or surprising here.
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   Old Thread  #76 14 Jan 2021 at 5.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm not surprised tbh, as with pretty much everything related to our departure from the EU, forward planning and organisation for trade has been left to 'sort itself out over time'. What a dismal mess..
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Just seen that Essential has suspended taking orders from outside the UK and states this is because of the ďEUís stringent regulationsĒ
See if any of the other companies follow.
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thing with that, and i agree, the french dont mind stuff coming to the uk its us taking it into france they have an issue with and no immigrant goes back to france
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I imagine the big bait companies will be setting up in France as we speak
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Will just have to find some good places to hide the boilies then 😜👍
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20kg of hookbaits it is then
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They cant stop drugs and boat loads of immigrants coming into country so how they going to stop a bit of bait lol
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Less than 2 weeks in , things are still to new to panic . Taking food 🙄 , I always take a big curry to sort out the first night for us , but the shops and patisserie are awesome in France , so no problem for me . Bait , hmmm , inconvenient but something we have to work round , but not a major reason for me to not vote leave .
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   Old Thread  #68 13 Jan 2021 at 4.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
If this thread had been posted a couple of months before the referendum, it would have been dismissed as 'project fear'.

We'll all have to suck it up and make alternative arrangements. If you want to moan about it .. take it up with a brexiter.

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Sealine ... after getting the poorest possible deal after the UK caved on fishing, you're still giving it the 'they need us more than we need them' cobblers? Really?
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   Old Thread  #67 13 Jan 2021 at 3.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Most seeds are also prohibited.

As stated fisheries products is in reference to fresh fish

French customs penalties FYI

https://www.codes-et-lois.fr/code-des-douanes/toc-contentieux-recouvrement-dispositions-repressives-classific-f130e56-texte-integral
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They contain dairy....which is also banned
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   Old Thread  #65 13 Jan 2021 at 1.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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a rather confusing subject hey chaps

i cant see them worrying too much about anglers carrying fishing bait..they'll be more interested in freight

time will tell i guess
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Do all nut bait boilies contain no products of animal origin? most i have seen do contain some, and if yours didn't how would you prove they dont?

At the moment we dont know what restrictions will be put in place we will have to wait and see but if they are taken to the letter things could be very bad
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The rules state that all POAO (products of animal origin)are banned. Therefore no amount of fish meal boilie will be allowed. If they are confiscating one ham sandwich how are they going to allow you to take 20kg of krill or any other fish meal type bait. How the customs will be able to tell the difference between a fish meal and a nut bait, remains to be seen. They will probably just take everything. Good luck to anyone trying to reason with a customs official. They are the same the world over.
Just look at the tv program about border force in Australia. They are always stopping Chinese people bring in food. We are now in the same position. It all will get confiscated and chucked in the bin, if they do any searches.
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   Old Thread  #62 13 Jan 2021 at 12.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We covered that in the first 10 posts....
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   Old Thread  #61 13 Jan 2021 at 12.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think the term fishery products is causing some confusion still; it is as you say and not bait..
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Would this include sweetcorn, frozen or tinned?
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I did say 'if that is the limit'

Serious question....do you work in Customs and Excise or a freight forwarding company with full export knowledge?
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The 20kg limit is NOT for bait, which is classed as animal feed containing ABPs. The 20kg limit is for Ďfishery productsí such as fresh or processed fish and some shellfish such as prawns, mussels and oysters. This does NOT apply to bait products.
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It ainít that simple, dry particles are subject to plant health requirements (part of the wider SPS regime) and will require Phytosanitary Certificates. Probably wonít apply to cooked particles though, but youíd be better to check with the Animal & Plant Health Agency.
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Joss, to my knowledge at the moment It shouldn't make any difference to individuals with their 20kg if thats the limit but it will depend on how it's policed at the border and the information they've been given on what's allowed and what isn't.
For bait co's exporting larger amounts there's a lot more hurdles and restrictions depending on composition, amounts of ABP's and Dairy ect.....it's far from plain and simple but I wouldn't think it can be policed at that level at the passenger ports.
Even DPD have had to stop sending across because of incorrect paperwork and a backlog of refused packages and they're French owned!
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Going to France to fish ,you can expect it to be a given ,that you will be searched for bait and illegal imports , these being food as well as your bait.
We stand out especially when dressed in camo gear.
One glance in the vehicle will show you are an angler you will then be targeted for close inspection, all illegal imports will be confiscated, and I will be surprised if you are not fined and then charged an exorbitant fee for cost of disposal of the illegal goods you have been caught trying to smuggle into the E.U.
This is punishment for the UK leaving the E.U.
You just have to ask yourself do I want to visit such a friendly group of countries as this at all ? Be it for fishing and or holidays in general. Any one stood in a giant queue to leave a Greek island at the end of a holiday ,I can well imagine that queue twice as long ,as well as the one when you arrive.
The actual people running the EU are not elected,( the elected one are told to reconsider when they get it wrong,and invariably do as they are told,) ) so they are free to do what they like to errant members and ex-members who chose to leave their cosy Family, regardless to the economic effects on their people.

If the whole of the UK stopped going on any holidays in the EU for the next year it may encourage them to moderate their behaviour towards us.
If we do this straight away it will be so much more effective coming straight after Covid.

it should be noted that far more of us go to the EU than they come here.
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That's a shame, we generally much prefer them to UK supermarkets. They have got more expensive over the years which even in your 11 years you will have noticed, sometimes this can be a bit of a shocker depending on location. They need Haloumi though!! so I agree with you on that one..
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I messaged sticky baits on Instagram and they sent me the link below, if Iím correct from non European countries ( which we now are) you can take 20kg? Please correct me if Iím wrong though?


https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/carry/meat-dairy-animal/index_en.htm
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Pretty sure you can survive 1 week in france on their food... as others said it is part of the experience... some pate, ham, eggs, butter, cheese and few steaks and you are good to go... also pretty sure once covid **** settles down no one will be doing big checks on border anyway...
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I lived in France for over 11 years so am well experienced of what the supermarkets sell and what they don't.
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They donīt sell a lot of the English food that I like and having lived in France for over 11 years I never got used to or enjoyed much of their food.
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It all seems to be an interpretation of rules set out for food for human consumption and animal feedstuffs but not specifically anglers bait for personal use.

Genuine question to anyone who may know: What did the non EU countries anglers do in the world champs at Madine etc. ? Australia for instance, did they bring bait or buy whatever they could get locally?
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ive not read all the replies on here, but taking boillies into france, am i correct in saying bait allowed in is dependant on the make up of said bait?

ie, fishmeals not permitted but nut baits are?
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Yep, no change there then..
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Dry particles it is then, cook them up on the bank
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But French supermarkets stock wonderful food, no need to take anything from the UK David.. When we go we always allow a couple of hrs at Intermarche , Leclerc or even Lidl, it all adds to the experience and contributes to their economy..

The thing with bait is that it has not been considered at all by anyone so far, so anglers are just trying to make head and tail of a load of rules and guidelines set out for non fishing specific end use. Time will tell what we can and can't take, and how much.
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Unfortunately not ridiculous. We were inside the EU fence as a full member and protected by strict rules to prevent the importation of diseases such as anthrax, swine flu and foot and mouth. We have chosen to live outside the fence as a sovereign country with its own laws, currency and borders and no longer be a part of the EU. The rules have not changed. We have and we are now part of the EU's bio security threat as are all States that are non members. What we do now is our choice, as many wanted, learn to live with it and don't blame the EU for applying rules to non members as we did for over 40 years.
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Buy it in a supermarket.
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It isnīt just about taking bait that we should be worried about, there are a lot of restrictions on what food we will be allowed to take, especially those people who are doing drive and survive, all seems ridiculous!!
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Plenty of bait companies and bait rollers in France doing quality bait.
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Some fisheries I know in France get their bait from Holland so it wonít be a problem for them, and I believe solarís bait is rolled over there also so it might mean more business for them
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So at the moment the best business plan is to open bait shop somewhere near motorway in Calais? plus fridge with uk bacon/butter/milk
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The referendum was on staying or leaving the EU not on the finer details

If weíd had the chance to vote again on the deal once Boris negotiated it then Iím sure people would have had far more information to base their subsequent vote on

No idea if it would have changed the outcome but we will never know

The real test will be when they do open the current restrictions up and anglers start going over to France again

I think more fisheries will have to roll and sell their own baits moving forward to get around the potential risk of getting boilies confiscated

Also I am doing a drive and survive this year and was planning on cooking and freezing batches of my meals in advance but I think I will also have to reconsider this and purchase fresh in France when I arrive

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I did 👍
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https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jan/11/dutch-officials-seize-ham-sandwiches-from-british-drivers?fbclid=IwAR2joodSJ-Ls4Mvhnm-BFT1bk7veNOpEgFK4JUHscN_mIOIzRKBzKkLdBoM
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Just seen a video that shows Dutch custom officials confiscating the sandwiches of uk lorry drivers entering Holland, because the sandwiches contained meat.
Doesnít bode well
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I find it odd how many anglers I've heard saying that nothing has changed - a huge amount has now changed in terms of the rules of coming into the EU from the UK - its whether or not the amount of checks change that is key here.