Public Body, Seafish are running workshops for seafood businesses to help in preparing for Brexit.
The workshops are due to be held in Plymouth, Newlyn, Grimsby, Scarborough, Fleetwood and London and Isles MP Angus B MacNeil has asked that Seafish also come to the Outer Hebrides to help the Scottish fishing industry prepare for Brexit.
The events will include presentations, face to face discussions, Q&A sessions and practical demonstrations on topics including customs procedures, food labelling requirements, Export Health certificates, catch certificates and EU workers
Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:
“I have asked Seafish if they are coming to the Outer Hebrides and wonder whether the plans will include any Scottish ports.
“It is important that our fishing sector is supported in preparing for Brexit and I have contacted Seafish who have confirmed that they are working with the Scottish Government and local authorities on ways to prepare the Scottish Seafood sector for Brexit.
“There might be delays at borders and this will be particularly problematic for perishable foods, people have to be aware, focussed and prepared.
“One thing we must ensure is that any delays are not caused due to lack of knowledge or paperwork on our part. Once we leave the EU, we must be ready to trade into the large single market on our doorstep.
“Leaving the EU means that we will not be freely trading anymore, we will be trading with a lot more bureaucracy, red tape and costs but that is preferable to being unable to trade at all. Of course, the best option of all is to remain in the European Union and not go down the daft route of a red tape Brexit.”