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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21412: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 5 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it will make available to fish processors and exporters of live marine animals in the event of a hard deal Brexit.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 1 March 2019

It is likely that the impact of a no deal Brexit will have catastrophic consequences for the seafood processing sector in Scotland and for adaption of live marine animals. Our seafood sector will be severely impacted by disruption at the port of Dover which will jeopardise the just in time nature of the seafood supply chain. The seafood sector will also be required to comply with a range of additional administrative burdens, in particular, the requirement for export health certificates for all seafood consignments being exported to the EU. We anticipate at least a four-fold increase in the requirement for export health certificates, with a potential additional cost to the industry of over £15 million per year.

The Scottish Government continues to press DEFRA on our proposals for controlling import and exports to the UK. We have flagged the additional costs associated with additional certification requirements and have asked for the UK Government to support these costs and also sought their agreement to swiftly seek a temporary derogation from export health certification requirements, a measure strongly supported by the seafood sector in Scotland.