However, Percy Pigs are actually manufactured in Germany, before being brought into the UK. From there, they’re exported to Ireland, which is where things get interesting: Under current rules, goods made in the EU, transferred to the UK and redistributed back to the EU attract a tariff.
Back in January, M&S realised that this issue wouldn’t just affect its porcine mascot; up to 2,000 of its products would be subject to new tariffs. And unsurprisingly, they aren’t the only retailers to have this problem. Back in January, at least 50 of the British Retail Consortium’s members were facing potential tariffs on re-export, according to trade policy adviser William Bain.