Scottish fishermen halt EU exports over Brexit delays

Scottish fishermen halt EU exports over Brexit delays
In the first working week after Brexit, one-day deliveries to the EU were taking three or more days – if they got through at all. (AFP)
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Updated 08 January 2021

Scottish fishermen halt EU exports over Brexit delays

Scottish fishermen halt EU exports over Brexit delays
  • Exporters have said their businesses could become unviable after the introduction of health certificates, customs declarations and other paperwork

LONDON: Many Scottish fishermen have halted exports to European Union markets after post-Brexit bureaucracy added days to their delivery times and hundreds of pounds to the costs of each load.
Fishing exporters have said their businesses could become unviable after the introduction of health certificates, customs declarations and other paperwork.
Business owners said they had tried to send small deliveries to France and Spain to test the new systems this week but it was taking 5 hours to secure a health certificate in Scotland, a document which is required to apply for other customs paperwork.
In the first working week after Brexit, one-day deliveries were taking three or more days — if they got through at all.
Several owners could not say for sure where their valuable cargo was. A trade group told fishermen to stop fishing exported stocks.
“Our customers are pulling out,” Santiago Buesa of SB Fish said. “We are fresh product and the customers expect to have it fresh, so they’re not buying. It’s a catastrophe.”
Britain’s departure from the EU’s orbit is the biggest change to its trade since the launch of the Single Market in 1993, introducing reams of paperwork and costs that must be completed to move goods across the new customs border.
Those trading in food and livestock face the toughest requirements, hitting the express delivery of freshly caught fish that used to move overnight from Scotland, via England, into France, before going on to other European markets in days.
David Noble, whose Aegirfish buys from Scottish fleets to export to Europe, said he would have to pay between £500 to £600 ($815) per day for paperwork, wiping out most profit.
His concern is that this marks more than just teething problems, and says he cannot pass on the higher costs of doing business. “I’m questioning whether to carry on,” he said.
“If our fish is too expensive our customers will buy elsewhere.”


Saudi Arabia tops 2020 list of UAE export markets

Saudi Arabia tops 2020 list of UAE export markets
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Saudi Arabia tops 2020 list of UAE export markets

Saudi Arabia tops 2020 list of UAE export markets
  • Emirates exported to 230 countries in 2020, up from 200 in 2019

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia was the UAE’s top export market last year, with exports and re-exports from the emirates to the Kingdom amounting to 73.58 billion UAE dirhams ($20.04 billion) during the first nine months of 2020.

The latest figures from the UAE’s Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre reported that the Emirates exported to 230 countries in 2020, up from 200 in 2019.

While Saudi Arabia took the top spot as the biggest export destination for the UAE, second was Iraq with 36.5 billion dirhams followed by Switzerland (33.47 billion), India (24.78 billion), Oman (24 billion), China (22 billion), Hong Kong (20.4 billion), Kuwait (16.1 billion), the US (13.1 billion) and Italy (12.75 billion).

In total, the UAE earned 460 billion dirhams from foreign trade in the first nine months of 2020, despite the slowdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.