Brexit ‘perfect storm’ hits Scottish seafood exporters

10 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

EDINBURGH: Scottish seafood exporters said Friday they were facing a "perfect storm" from post-Brexit red tape and coronavirus restrictions, which could threaten the future of the industry.

Donna Fordyce, chief executive of Seafood Scotland, said companies had faced a "real challenge" with new customs checks and paperwork, on top of curbs to stop the spread of the virus, reports AFP.

"It's all Brexit-related," she told BBC radio, complaining of "pinch points" in IT systems on both sides of the Channel in England and France.

"We wanted a six-month grace period where we could iron out all these issues, so that when the time came it would be frictionless."

Scottish seafood is mainly exported to markets in northern France, where it is then sold on across Europe. With a live product, time is of the essence.

Exporters warned of the risk of delays before Britain left the Europe Union's customs union and single market on December 31, even with a tariff- and quota-free trade deal.