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Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty ImagesBritish firms are warning of further Brexit red tape as the government prepares to introduce a long list of new controls on imports from the European Union in April and July.In the coming months further checks are due to be phased in at the UK border, controlling everything from the import of sausages and live mussels to horses and trees, as well as the locations these checks can take place.One logistics firm warned the situation had “disaster written all over it”, saying businesses need more time to prepare, while accountancy firm KPMG said some of the “biggest headaches” facing traders are yet to come. Importers fear UK customs are not ready for the new controls, and that logjams at points of entry could cause fruit and vegetable shortages in the spring.Related: Fury at Gove as exports to EU slashed by 68% since BrexitMuch of the focus on Brexit trade since January has been on UK exports, as the EU imposed its customs checks immediately with hauliers reporting that the volume of exports going through British ports to the EU fell 68% last month compared with January 2020.However, the British government chose a phased approach, postponing the introduction of certain import procedures by three to six months.These grace periods were designed to give businesses more time to adapt to the new rules and ways of working, but many are set to expire shortly.,The next big change is due on 1 April, when UK customs will begin controlling imports of animal products, including fishery produce and live bivalve molluscs such as mussels; food considered high risk such as mince and sausages; and plants and plant products.These checks, known as sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls, mean all the correct documentation is needed for each consignment arriving in the UK including import forms and health certificates signed by vets.More changes occur in July, as traders moving goods must make their full customs declarations on entering the UK, rather than submitting forms at a later date.The meat processing industry is concerned about April.”If we have as much trouble importing as we are having exporting it could be quite challenging,” said Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association.The overwhelming majority of meat processors’ trade is with EU countries: the UK imports pork and beef from the continent, while exporting products including beef and lamb a two way trade worth 8.2bn a year to the British economy.Once the grace periods end, if the paperwork accompanying a meat shipment is missing or incorrect, it cannot travel to its destination. Hold ups at European ports because of problems with documentation for exports from the UK led to containers of British meat left rotting on the dock at Rotterdam.”Delays cost money.