The first big negative consequence of Brexit: Scottish fishermen are unable to export their catches to EU countries due to the entry into force of more complex customs procedures.
The country’s largest logistics company, DFDS Scotland, has announced it will halt exports to the EU until at least January 13. Earlier, they said that by January 11, they would resume grouping shipments into one-time transport and try to solve IT problems, correct errors in documents and deal with arrears.
The extra delay is another blow to Scottish fishermen, who have already warned that their businesses may lose their appeal after London concludes a less integrated deal with the EU on a final break-up, writes Reuter. Scotland feeds large quantities of crawfish, scallops, oysters, lobsters and lobsters along the Atlantic coast, which are immediately dumped in trucks to Paris, Brussels and Madrid.
The introduction of sanitary declarations, customs declarations and other paperwork increased delivery times and the cost of each shipment by hundreds of pounds, breaking up the system that usually ensures seafood reaches French stores the day after they are caught.
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DFDS has said it is fully aware of its customers’ new circumstances despite making considerable progress in resolving all problems. The arrears have significantly decreased, but each step in the customs procedure takes longer than assumed and consequently decreased throughput. Despite our efforts, it has become clear that we must continue to suspend the grouping of smaller batches of fish and shellfish for export at least until January 13, the press release said. She announced the hiring of additional staff from January 11, and reminded clients to complete all paperwork accurately.
Another exporter, SB Fish, reported that new trade barriers as of January 1 paralyzed its fleet of 15 boats with 3-4 man crews, affecting around 50 families. All skippers were told not to go out on the hunt until exports were restored by shipping companies, SB Fish added.
This is a disaster for fishermen
Export companies tried to send small batches to France and Spain last week to see how it works, but it took for example 5 hours to obtain a sanitary certificate in Scotland, the basis for triggering a customs procedure. In the first week after Brexit, one-day early deliveries took 3-4 days, if authorized.
– Our customers are withdrawing, said Santiago Buesa of SB Fish. We have a fresh product and customers expect them to get the news, so don’t buy. This is a catastrophe, he will add.
David Noble, whose company Aegirfish buys goods from Scottish fishermen for export to Europe, said in turn that he has to pay £ 500-600 (€ 555-666) a day for the paperwork, which consumes most of his profit. He is concerned that these are not just sinful problems, but that he cannot bear the cost.
I wonder if I would continue that. If our fish is too expensive, customers will buy them elsewhere and will add them.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has used Brexit as an argument to leave Scotland out of the UK. She said exporters were paying high prices, particularly worried about the Scottish world-class seafood sector.
Fish trade organizations say that errors in documents force them to control all shipments. The French fishmongers’ association said that, for this reason, many seafood trappings were kept in customs in Boulogne-sur-Mer for several hours, even all day.
Over time, once IT problems are resolved, things should improve, but Seafood Scotland warns that it could destroy a centuries-old market if it doesn’t get better. Scottish Rural Economy Minister Fergus Ewing said he was better at detecting and solving problems in Scotland than hundreds of miles away.
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