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How Chocolate Exposes Brexit Trade Risks

Shipping things to the EU is simple. That could be about to change dramatically.

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Sean Ramsden and his family have been shipping British food abroad since the U.K. joined the European Union more than four decades ago.

For most of that time, delivering to the single market has been simple, at least compared with what Ramsden must do to clear customs from Beijing to Dubai. The paperwork accompanying non-EU orders of classic British items like Malteser chocolate balls and the thousands of other products he distributes can run to over an inch thick. In all, his company needs to know how to complete 49 different kinds of document.