Protected animal products, such as exotic skins and some furs, will be banned from being transported between several major UK shipping ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the government has said.
Animal products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) would need a permit or to complete an import/export notification for trade or movement between the UK and non-EU countries.
They would then only be permitted to travel through designated ports, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has warned.
This could have a large impact on retailers, brands and suppliers that deal in products that are protected under CITES.
The products that could be affected include vicuna yarn and other products, alligator hide or skin, certain furs and some reptile skins.
DEFRA is urging businesses to check whether they will be required to apply for permits for their items if they want to transport them between the UK and the European Union.
Adam Mansell, chief executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, commented: “The issue of CITES is another example where exiting the EU is making immediate trading arrangements considerably harder than they already are in an environment where retail sales are already under pressure. We advise manufacturers, brands and retailers to check if they need a permit as soon as possible, and look into the necessary arrangements to ensure they can continue to move these goods in the event of a no-deal scenario.”