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Shellfish sector braced for Brexit

11 October 2019, at 2:17pm

Helping UK shellfish producers to cope with the possible impact of a no-deal Brexit will be the subject of a one-day workshop organised by the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) next week.

“With 86 percent of all shellfish landed in the UK being exported, and the majority going to the EU, the shellfish sector faces huge challenges in a no-deal Brexit scenario,” explains SAGB chief executive David Jarrad.

“The workshop, we hope, will offer clear guidance to the questions currently being asked by businesses, not least it will give some clarity to the location of approved border inspection posts (BiPs) and what type of commodity each BiP will be able to accept,” he adds.

The event will take place at Fishmongers’ Hall in London from 10.30-3.30 on 18 October and the talks will be as follows:

  • Brexit and Seafood – Ivan Bartolo, Seafish: Five steps to exporting to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • Export Health Certificates – Argen Brouwer, APHA: How to get an EHC - required when exporting seafood in a no-deal Brexit.
  • International Trade – Menna Mcniven, Dept for International Trade: How the Department of Trade can help with exports, identifying new markets and contacts.
  • Border Inspection Posts – Julie Poirot, French Embassy: Following the recent EU Commission meeting, which BIPs are approved, and for which products?
  • Catch Certificates – Nick Mynard, MMO, Rachel Hanbury, DEFRA: Catch certificates need to accompany seafood exports – demonstration of how to produce one.
  • Exporting Live Bivalve Molluscs for depuration abroad – Mike Gubbins, CEFAS
  • LBMs from class B waters have a different system from food exports. How it will work.
  • Seafish Trade Tariff Tool: Demonstration of the tariff tool.
  • A Freight Forwarder’s Perspective – Terry Broadhead, DFDS: How a freight forwarder / customs agent can help

The event has benefitted from governmental support.

“The SAGB is grateful to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the small grant to help businesses prepare,” Jarrad concludes.