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UK retailers may 'burn' goods to avoid return fees says reporter

Radio presenter Caroline Nichols told the BBC Today programme on Thursday morning that extra fees on returning goods for European Union customers may lead to British retailers taking drastic action to avoid the hefty payments involved. Ms Nichols warned customers in the EU that their orders may even end up being burnt rather than shipped back as this would prove cheaper for British businesses navigating new EU customs demands after Brexit.

The new EU trade deal has been blamed for putting costly fees on returns at a time when British firms are already struggling.

The BBC Today newsreader said: "UK retailers could abandon goods EU customers want to return with some even thinking of burning them because it is cheaper than bringing them home

"They say the new EU trade deal has put costly duties on returns at a time when firms are already struggling."

UK High Street and luxury brands are increasingly finding their goods stranded in transit as they are transported to the European market.

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UK retailers may 'abandon' goods that EU customers want to return in order to avoid extra feesUK retailers may 'abandon' goods that EU customers want to return in order to avoid extra fees (Image: GETTY)

Adam Mansell, boss of the UK & Textile Association (UKFT), told the BBC it is "cheaper for retailers to write off the cost of the goods than dealing with it all, either abandoning or potentially burning them."

"It's part of the ongoing small print of the deal.

"If you're in Germany and buying goods from the

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