Quotas and technical fishing measures will not change in the short term, even if there is no deal. However, there is still uncertainty about what will happen in the medium to long term if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
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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Feedback from Fisheries and Brexit Roadshows
Thank you to everyone who attended the 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.