Members of the Scottish seafood industry have been complaining about the post-Brexit “chaotic” customs laws.
It comes as it is now important to check “whole trailers” instead of only samples – creating major delays.
The Scottish Seafood Association, which represents producers, says that these needless delays are already impacting exports to the EU and warns that the situation is likely to get worse.
In the meantime, fishing and seafood firms have taken to social media to complain about the state of affairs, saying “shambles.” are the export arrangements.
“Trucks loaded with fresh seafood are being held up in central Scotland due to problems with customs barcodes and a lack of veterinary service capacity,” said Jimmy Buchan, chief executive of the association.
Instead of taking and testing representative samples from the vehicles, whole trailers are emptied so that each crate and mark can be examined.
06/01/21 Export Update
Our product that was sent yesterday to the French market has been postponed.
Not one of our forwarder/hub trucks has left.
#BrexitShambles #redtape @[email protected] PhilippaW @theSNP @BorisJohnson @SeafoodScotland is a complete mess now.
– January 6, 2021 SB Fish (@Santibuesa)
“Combined with the computer problems on both sides of the Channel, this is a worrying sign for the days and weeks ahead when the flow of goods will be much greater.”
“He continued, “Our member companies are negatively impacted by these problems because they eventually lose income and rates are depressed in the marketplace in response to the problems. We are now at a point where the fishery will have to be closed by the whitefish fleet.
“Due to Covid-19, things are complicated enough without adding this to the mix.
“Ministers in both the UK and Scottish governments need to get a grip on the situation and resolve these issues as quickly as possible.”
The closing of the UK triggered a new strain of coronavirus in December. France’s frontier.
At the time, the association cautioned that if it got stuck in transit, perishable seafood might spoil it.
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And new guidelines for trade between the United Kingdom after the Brexit transition phase ended on Dec. 31. It went into practice and the EU.
In the first few days of the new regulations, while little disruption has been reported, the amount of cross-border trade is expected to increase.
On Wednesday, SB Fish, based in Troon, South Ayrshire, tweeted that none of their trucks bound for France had left the transport center.
“Not one truck has left our Hauliers/Hub. It’s a complete shambles now.”
Tarbert, Argyll and Bute-based Lochfyne Sea Farms replied to the tweet, saying, “Shambles is an understatement taking 3 days to deliver live product to France is a joke, we warned against these problems and it’s worse than we imagined, business is no longer viable if we can’t get our product to market in time.”
Shambles is an understatement, it’s a joke to take 3 days to deliver a product live to France, we cautioned against these issues and it’s worse than we expected, company is no longer viable if we can’t market our product in time @FergusEwingMSP @Feorlean @scotfoodjames
– On 6 January 2021, Lochfyne langoustines Ltd & Lochfyne seafarms Ltd (@LochfyneLangous)
A U.K. spokesperson for the Owing to some details not being properly entered into the UK and French systems, the government said, “We are aware of a small number of problems related to the movement of fish and seafood.”
“The United Kingdom and the French systems also operate. In order to help them understand the criteria, we are liaising with exporters, their agents and transporters and we will work closely with them to ensure that their goods will continue to be moved.
“It is critical that exporters verify that they have entered their data correctly and ensure that they have provided the correct documentation to the carrier of the goods.”
Fergus Ewing, Minister of Rural Economy of the Scottish Government, said, “We have worked with logistics companies to provide an EHC service (Export Health C).”