Fishing industry urged to avoid no-deal exports catch

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UK fish exporters are being urged to sign-up to a new digital catch certificate service to ensure they’re able to continue selling to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Advice published by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs this month said that businesses should take action now to avoid issues from 29th March onwards should a deal or article 50 extension not be reached, with the new digital catch certificate applying to most fish and fish products.

Catch certificates prove that fish have been caught within conservation and management measures for which all non-EU countries must present when trading into the European Union.

It’s the latest in a string of official advice published to guide the UK fishing industry and navigate the choppy Brexit waters, including advice on health and customs regulatory compliance in the event of a hard exit.

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Export documentation that may be required following the 29th March include:

  • catch certificates
  • processing statement
  • storage document
  • prior notification form
  • pre-landing declaration

Fish export businesses can find all the information they need on the digital catch certificate service and how to apply on the government website here.

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