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Quotas and technical fishing measures will not change in the short term, even if there is no deal. There is still uncertainty about changes in the medium to long term under a no-deal Brexit.

It is likely it will have a significant impact on our fishing industry. In a no deal scenario, the UK will be treated as a third county, which will require additional steps such as:

  • export catch certificates and export health certificates
  • changes in labelling
  • changes in route to market, such as exporting through a Border Inspection Point (BIP)
  • changes to trade arrangements with countries outside the EU. For example, exporting whelks to South Korea is done under an EU trade agreement.

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Further information

Get your business ready to export from the UK to the EU after Brexit on GOV.UK
VAT for businesses if there’s no Brexit deal on GOV.UK
The fisheries sector and preparing for EU exit on GOV.UK
Exporting and importing fish if there's not Brexit deal on GOV.UK
Information for food and drink producers on
Commercial fishing and marketing of seafood if there’s no Brexit deal on GOV.UK
Preparing for changes at the border if there's no Brexit deal on GOV.UK
Fishing export checklist if there's no Brexit deal on GOV.WALES
Give prior notification to land fish in the EU on GOV.UK
Make a pre-landing declaration to land fish in an EU port on GOV.UK
Catch certificates for non-EU imports and exports of fish on GOV.UK
Read how Syren Shellfish of Pembrokeshire is preparing for Brexit

Wellbeing support

It’s important that everyone takes care of their personal wellbeing. These organisations support the fisheries sector:

The Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L) is a dedicated mental health helpline for Wales. They provide confidential listening and emotional support.

Phone 0800 132 737
Text ‘help’ to 81066

The Fishermen’s Mission provides emergency support and practical care to fishermen and their families. It can provide emergency grants for people in need, and access to other grant makers.

Phone 01489 566910

The mission has 2 port officers who can be contacted to access help and support:

Superintendent Christine King 07827 965241

Superintendent Jane Devereux 07825 688730

Dewis Cymru has information and advice on well-being issues. Available to people across Wales, it has contact details for local organisations and services that can help with well-being issues.


The Samaritans can be contacted 24-hours a day for free on 116 123

Feedback from Fisheries and Brexit roadshows

Thank you to everyone who attended the January 2019 workshops across Wales. Here are the answers to some of the specific questions asked:

Compensating for not fishing - could there be any Welsh Government help?

We are considering support options across a range of sectors. It is very unlikely that any government intervention will be able to wholly mitigate the serious implications of a 'no deal' Brexit.

Could there be another knowledgeable person signing off instead of Environment Health Officers?

No. An official vet or local authority environmental health officer (EHO) will need to sign the Export Health Certificate (EHC) for fisheries products.

EHOs do not check existing exports very regularly, will this change?

Every export will need to be checked. The EU require these checks to be made, otherwise the UK could lose its certification.

Does each customer need a different EHC if I am exporting to several customers?

No. Loads can be consolidated, but full (officially sanctioned) traceability is required from the place of production or landing. It is for the industry to organise the logistics in the most effective way possible.

How does catch certification work for multiple vessels catching?

Fishers complete an online catch certificate form for each consignment of fish. If you’re exporting fish that came from multiple vessels, you’ll need to specify quantities from each vessel.

When supply is aggregated how will merchants be able to segregate by boat?

You’ll complete an online catch certificate form for each consignment of fish. If you’re exporting fish that came from multiple vessels, you’ll need to specify quantities from each vessel.

How would tariffs work?

A tariff is a tax on imports which is paid to the customs authority of the country imposing the tariff. Although tariffs are a border-tax on the buyer, not the seller, they make it more expensive for the buyer to import goods into the country, which can impact upon the profit margins of the exporter and the price paid by the consumer.

Do Canadian imports have to go through a Border Inspection Post (BIP) in EU?

Yes, Canada still faces significant barriers to trade with the EU. Canadian exports must meet Single Market rules in order to enter the European market, and checks take place at the border to ensure they meet the right product standards. Goods of animal and plant origin are tested at border inspection posts, and regulated goods, such as chemicals, must be granted prior approval.

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