Local MEP and Consumer Spokesman Dan Dalton has welcomed a new report on boosting digital trade passed in the European Parliament today.

The report calls for customs simplifications to eliminate problems many internet shoppers experience when buying from abroad, and for support and a reduction in red tape for SMEs entering the world of digital trade. Furthermore, it calls for unrestricted data flows, and elimination of unjustified localisation requirements, often used as disguised protectionism, a key priority for the UK government.

Mr Dalton, who authored the Parliament’s Consumer Protection Committee opinion to the report, commented on the vote:

“This report is very timely as we hit the peak Christmas shopping period, when many consumers are experiencing unreasonable customs demands whilst purchasing goods from abroad.”

“Customs simplification will help small businesses seeking to expand as well as shoppers, providing a boost to e-commerce in the UK, one of our biggest future growth industries.”

“Free flow of data is also a key priority for the UK, and important to aiding export of services, as we seek to push for a more global Britain.”