Brexit advice and support

As we know we are coming to the end of the transition period and come the 1st January we will become an independent coastal state. A lot of information is in the public domain and a lot of organisations are issuing guidance. Seafood Scotland has set up a Brexit Working Group and will work through the key issues with stakeholders and provide all the information you require to continue to trade on the 1st January 2021. Over the coming weeks Seafood Scotland and other key stakeholders will work together to provide easy to follow guidance, webinars and a forum to highlight issues and concerns that are not being addressed or where there is no clear guidance.




25th March

Seafood Future Leaders Programme

 
Seafood Scotland has developed a Seafood Future Leaders Programme in partnership with Skills Development Scotland who have provided the funds, Scottish Enterprise’s core leadership programme and Opportunity North.
 
We are looking to develop future leaders of not only the business they operate in but also future leaders of the industry.
 
The programme will start late April running until September (excluding the summer holidays) and will be a variety of workshops and masterclasses with topics including leadership, productivity, innovation, new business models and resilience, the political environment, coaching and media training. The programme will also end with an exciting learning journey to Iceland to look at the innovation the supply chain has undertaken there.
 
 This pilot programme including the learning journey would be fully paid (excluding meals). Future programmes would not be fully funded.
 
Places are very limited.
 
We will be holding a taster session on the 31st March at 2pm and you can register to attend with this link 
 
 If you have any questions, please email donna.fordyce@seafoodscotland.org
 

Launch of Marine Fund Scotland

 
Investments and jobs in seafood sectors, the marine environment and coastal communities will be supported through a new marine fund.

Marine Fund Scotland (MFS) replaces the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), following the UK’s exit from the EU. The EMFF supported the sustainable growth of the marine economy in coastal communities, in sectors such as fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing.

The EMFF has committed over £96 million to coastal communities across Scotland since it opened in 2016. It is now closed for new applications, but will continue paying grants until 2023.
The MFS has a one year budget of £14 million, meaning all projects must be completed by 31st March 2022.

Announcing the fund, Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
“MFS will replace the outgoing EMFF and support growth in our Blue Economy, provide vital investment in the Scottish marine industries and seafood sectors and protect jobs and livelihoods in our coastal communities at a time when many are facing acute hardship due to Brexit and the pandemic.”

The Marine Fund Scotland for an initial period will operate on the basis of Expressions of Interest (EOI) to allow them to assess and engage with initial proposals for projects. The fund is being launched under the Blue Economy policy approach and the developing Blue Economy Action Plan (BEAP).  Projects which best fit with the new approach will be invited to submit an full application and supporting documents.  After this initial phase they will move directly to online applications.
 
The Expression of Interest Form does not form part of the formal application process for grant funding under the Marine Fund Scotland. Any response to an Expression of Interest Form does not confirm the acceptance or otherwise of any related application for funding.
 
All details can be found here 
 

Alternative Business Models for Exporting Seafood from Scotland

Wednesday 31st March 2.00 -3.30 UK Time

 
Brexit has changed the way that Seafood Businesses have to work and many are facing new issues with regard to non-tariff barriers and import VAT. Businesses may have to change their business models particularly around invoicing, importing, Import VAT and Sales VAT. One option they may need to consider is to have their own representation in France.
 
This Webinar will detail the different types of French Business Entities, how they need to be set up and owner responsibilities when running an entity in France.
Examples of considerations might be

  1. Can you sell to your own business in France which will be the importer and reclaim Import VAT?
  2. If your business is in France and selling to the EU what are the Sales VAT implications?
  3. How can you distribute profits from your French business back to the UK?

To be clear, this webinar will focus solely on the commercial process and will in no way involve setting up processing facilities in France.
 
We have assembled a panel of expert speakers from the local French business community including, investment, legal and logistical sectors.
 
The agenda is shown below:
 
1) Taylor Calon, Representative of Seafood Scotland in Boulogne (Introduction, welcome and presentation of the webinar)
2) Alastair Kennedy, (Technical Consultant Seafood Scotland for Brexit)
3) Artus Galiay, Nord France Invest, Representant of Northern France Region in the UK
4) Brigitte Lucas, Attorney at Law BDO Avocats
5) Eric Morchain, Copromer/Delanchy Transport, Manager for UK related issues
6) Q&A
 
The speakers would welcome the submission of any questions you may have on this topic in advance. Please email these to alastair.kennedy@seafoodscotland.org
 
To register for this event please click here
 

Subsidy control: designing a new approach for the UK Consultation

 
Following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the UK has the freedom to design a new domestic subsidy control regime that reflects our strategic interests and particular national circumstances.
The government aims to deliver a regime that:

  • facilitates strategic interventions to support government priorities, including supporting the economy’s recovery from COVID-19
  • takes account of the economic needs of the UK’s individual nations and strengthens the economic bonds of our Union
  • protects the UK’s competitive and dynamic market economy
  • ensures that subsidies in the UK are given in line with our international commitments including those in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)

This consultation invites views on the best way to design a bespoke approach to subsidy control. The government is seeking thoughts on any additions to the principles underpinning the regime, as well as any subsidies which should be excluded from the commitments to these principles. We are also asking for views on how to best manage the most distortive kinds of subsidies, in addition to opinions on the role and powers of the independent body that will oversee the regime.

Subject to stakeholder views, and any evidence received as part of this consultation, the government will bring forward primary legislation to establish in domestic law a subsidy control system that works for the entirety of the UK.
The consultation comes to an end on 31st March and would encourage everyone to respond giving the restrictions the sector had within the European subsidy structure.
 
The consultation can be found here 
 

Recruitment for a replacement In-Market Specialist in France

 

In-Market Food and Drink Specialist C4 (FRA21.097)

External & Internal Campaign
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an In-Market Food and Drink Specialist in Paris. This is a full-time permanent contract. We strongly encourage any internal candidates who are interested in the role to apply, including current employees, interns and spouses/partners of UK-based staff at Post. If you decide to apply, please make sure to identify yourself as a current employee/intern or spouse/partner of UK-based staff in the application form.

The purpose of the job is to increase and widen on-the-ground support available to Scottish companies operating in the Food and Drink industry, who have the ambition, capacity and capability to export their products and/or services into Europe and specifically into France. Additionally, to identify new opportunities and trends from the region and communicate these to Scottish companies.  
For further details on this vacancy and information on how to apply, please follow the link on the FCDO Local Staff Vacancies Homepage.
Application Deadline: 13th April 2021
 
Referrals: If you know anyone with similar qualifications that could fit this role, we would like to encourage you to inform them about this opportunity.
 

New Live Bivalve Molluscs and Scallop impact survey launches

 
A survey has been launched by the Scottish Government, to understand the impact of the barrier to trade in exporting Live Bivalve Molluscs (LBM’s) (including Scallops) to the European Union and/or Northern Ireland.

Live Bivalve Molluscs, such as scallops, cockles, mussels and oysters, which have been harvested from either unclassified, or non-class A waters which cannot be verified by certifying officers, as fit for human consumption at the point of export, cannot be exported to the EU or NI, as there is a permanent barrier to trade, and cannot be provided with an EHC*.

The survey, which runs until 16 April, goes through a series of questions to identify if your business could be affected by this barrier to trade. While we expect the impact to be small for the Scottish seafood industry there is a need to understand the scale of this issue.

The survey results will be used to provide Marine Scotland with a greater understanding of the scale this barrier to trade will have on Scottish businesses and inform any further considerations of appropriate mitigation.
For further information or if you are having difficulties accessing the survey please email: Louise.Pell-walpole@gov.scot and provide your company name and email address.

* This does not affect the export of part grown live bivalve molluscs to the EU for further ongrowing on aquaculture sites. The Fish Health Inspectorate will continue to issue certificates for this trade.

Background
Live Bivalve Molluscs – Survey
Border Control Post Easter opening hours
 
BCPs at French ports will be operating their normal opening hours over the Easter weekend. Please note the live animal centre at Calais which inspects day old chicks does not operate 24/7 but from 0800-1800 and exporters need to book an appointment in advance.  
 
The BCP at the Hoek of Holland (live poultry) will be closed on the following dates due to national holidays: 4th, 5th, 27th of April and 13th, 23rd, 24th of May.
 
At Rotterdam you are advised to check Easter opening times with the inspection centres that handle your goods.
 
 

The Academy Scotland Food & Drink – Accelerated Growth Programme

 
Accelerating Growth is for producers who are already trading with a multiple account and seeking to take their business to the next level. It’s about building a deeper knowledge of strategy and market planning and learning how to drive competitive advantage in an ever-evolving marketplace. 

Best practice learnings and personalised one-to-one coaching by experienced commercial specialists will provide you with channel specific, company relevant recommendations to support the development of a tailored and actionable growth plan for your business.

Programme structure

  • 4 modules
  • Live, virtual workshops
  • Tailored one-to-one support from hand-picked business coach
  • Best practice guides
  • Peer to peer learning

Start date
June 2021

Duration
6 months

Application closing date
The deadline for applications for cohort one is Sunday 4 April, however we will be receiving applications continuously for future cohorts.

Who is this programme for?
Accelerating Growth is aimed producers already trading with a multiple account, seeking to take their business to the next level and ultimately identify and unlock opportunities to increase their penetration and sales in UK markets.

What knowledge and skills will I gain from the programme?
Accelerating Growth will take your understanding of the wider market opportunities to the next level, allowing you to identify and consider growth opportunities both in existing and new markets.

You’ll receive expert-level intelligence of current retail and foodservice market dynamics and how to utilise research, data and insight to gain a deep understanding of new markets, and when to adapt your offering to suit a new market you plan to enter.

How to maximise supply chain efficiencies at a national level and a deep dive into the approaches to commercial management will allow you to develop a more strategic commercial relationship with customers and buyers. You’ll finish the programme with confidence about building your plans for growth outside your current core market.

For further information, please click here 

19th March

Covid testing for hauliers at Larkhall ends on Monday

When the French authorities moved pre-Christmas to requiring a negative Covid test for hauliers to enter the country, a testing facility was set up at the DFDS site in Larkhall (location of other distribution hubs and a major point of departure for many France-bound vehicles). From 22 March, Covid-19 testing for HGV drivers will no longer be available there. Instead, HGV drivers will be able to obtain a test at a community testing site. However, drivers cannot go in their HGV to these sites, they will need to make different arrangements to attend. Likewise, UK Government is proposing to withdraw the similar testing facility at Manston in Kent at the same time. 
 

New composites EHCs from 21 April 2021 
 

There are changes to EU law which apply from April 2021 that will impact on traders who export certain animals, germinal products and products of animal origin. Export Health Certificates (EHCs) will need to be updated to reflect the new rules.     
 
You will need to follow these new rules to be able to continue to export to the EU and moving goods to Northern Ireland.  
 
New rules for the export of composite products will be introduced at the same time. These changes will introduce new EHCs for composite products as well as new documentation for composite products exempt from certification. 
 
Defra will be rolling out the new composite EHCs from 21 April 2021. They will be available online from April 1. 
 
There will be a potential increase in the number of composite products that require an EHC. 
 
Defra is currently developing guidance for businesses and we will shortly issue more detailed information. Webinars are being planned for industry on these changes.  
   
The EU’s legislation provides for a phased approach.  We plan to introduce the remaining new EHCs for animal products and live animals, as they are needed, by August 2021 when the switch needs to be complete.
 

Border Control Post Easter opening hours

 
BCPs at French ports will be operating their normal opening hours over the Easter weekend. Please note the live animal centre at Calais which inspects day old chicks does not operate 24/7 but from 0800-1800 and exporters need to book an appointment in advance.  
 
The BCP at the Hoek of Holland (live poultry) will be closed on the following dates due to national holidays: 4th, 5th, 27th of April and 13th, 23rd, 24th of May.
 
At Rotterdam you are advised to check Easter opening times with the inspection centres that handle your goods.
 

The new timetable for import checks – the detail

Here is some of the specific detail of the delayed timetable for import checks:

  • Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP) and High Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021.
  • Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements for POAO and certain ABP not required until 1 October 2021.
  • Customs import declarations still required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme has been extended to 1 January 2022.
  • Safety and Security Declarations for imports not required until 1 January 2022.
  • Physical checks of POAO loads, certain ABP, and HRFNAO will not start until 1 January 2022.
  • Physical checks on high risk plants will take place at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination as now, from 1 January 2022.
  • Border checks for live animals and low risk plants and plant products will start in March 2022.

 

Replace Scheme for EMFF

 
A new replacement scheme for EMFF – the £14m Marine Fund Scotland will open for expressions of interest in the coming days. Please check Marine and fisheries grants – gov.scot (www.gov.scot) in the coming days which will give you details of the scheme when launched.
 

The Seafood Future Leaders Programme Taster Session

 
This is a pilot programme to be delivered by Seafood Scotland in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and Opportunity North East. This programme is targeted at young professionals working in the Scottish seafood sector both on shore and off shore.  These individuals identified as potential industry leaders, will develop their leadership skills and will be involved in a number of workshops and masterclasses starting in April 2021 and finishing with a learning journey to Iceland. The sessions will cover topics such as productivity, the business environment, change and resilience and mentoring and will be held virtual initially. The pilot programme will be at no cost to businesses.
 
We will be holding a taster session on Thursday 25th March at 2pm. The session will be interactive, including a guest speaker from the seafood industry, and a Q&A session. Please come along and find out some more information on this exciting opportunity, we would also encourage you to bring along a company sponsor as well.
 
Click here to book onto the taster session  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seafood-sector-future-leaders-programme-taster-session-tickets-146724435737
 

Seafood Response Fund

The Seafood Response Fund (SRF) is designed to help UK fishing and shellfish aquaculture businesses that have been affected by the closure of hospitality markets here and abroad due to the coronavirus as well as disruption to seafood exports earlier this year.

The SRF will make a one off payment to contribute towards 3 months of fixed business costs for eligible fishing and shellfish aquaculture businesses across the UK.

The SRF will be administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (Defra). The MMO has begun the process of contacting businesses identified as eligible to receive funding, and the first payments will be made later this week.

Invitations will be going out in tranches up to 21 March. If you believe your business is eligible and you have not been contacted you will be able to submit an application online. The process for doing so will be published on Gov.uk and available from 22-26 March.

Businesses may apply for other government funds. Those that have already applied to the Scottish Seafood Producers Resilience Fund may be eligible for SRF where funding under the Scottish scheme is of lower value than that they would have received under the UK scheme. Where this is the case businesses will be contacted direct.
 

Buying Local in Lockdown

Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, in collaboration with 56 Degree Insight, is hosting a webinar to share insight on buying local in lockdown, looking into shopping behaviours and attitudes across independents and high street retail in Scotland.
Hear from Jim Eccleston and Duncan Stewart, Managing Partners of 56 Degree Insight on consumer’s shopping habits during lockdown. They will go into more detail about channels consumers used, what local products they were buying and whether these habits will continue.

The event is open to food and drink manufacturers based in Scotland and Scotland Food & Drink partner organisations. The event will take place on the 23rd March 9.30-10.30 click here to book your place https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7hJ57QXISPOfuL4kwUTXng
 

Mass Covid testing scheme for food sector in Scotland opens, for businesses over 25 employees

The Scottish Government is now expanding free lateral flow antigen testing to eligible seafood businesses. This scheme is voluntary for businesses and their employees. The lateral flow antigen test kit produces results within 30 minutes which is very quick compared to other testing options, so provides the ability to limit infection spread quickly. Staff who choose to participate will undertake a lateral flow test twice weekly (with government providing the test kits free of charge). 

If there is a positive result, the member of staff should return home immediately and book a confirmatory PCR test (lab-processed test) through the usual online system.  
The Scottish Government would like to hear from larger (over 25 employees. However, if you are a smaller business, get in touch anyway as government is keen to gauge levels of interest as the programme may be expanded. Full and detailed guidance will be available to help businesses. This will be accessible via the online system called “Egress” used for ordering test kits.  

In the meantime, if your business would be interested in taking part, please email FoodSupplyInformation@gov.scot with the following information:

  • Name, business name, address (where test kits will be sent to) and email with the main point of contact
  • Company registration number and industry sector (standard industry code which can be found on your Companies House registration)
  • Number of employees

The EU Export Laws Have Changed – Are You Up To Date?

Food Standards Scotland (FSS), who are working hard to offer support and guidance to businesses who may be affected by the changes that have occurred as a result of EU exit. They’re working to help let businesses like yours know about the changes to the rules and regulations and find out if there’s anything that you or anyone in your network might need to act upon now. 
 
To make the new rules and regulations easier to understand and to help cut through all of the information that is out there, FSS has launched a new webpage that helps businesses ensure they’ve made the required changes. You can find all of the information at www.foodstandards.gov.scot/eu-exit.
 
As you may know food and drink businesses in Scotland who plan to export their produce to the EU now need 
to follow trade rules as a “third country” exporter. Additionally, fishing vessel owners in Scotland must now register their fishing vessels and have them inspected by the relevant local authority, to allow their catch to be exported.  

5th March

This week we have continued to engage with Scottish Government and UK Government which saw CEO Donna Fordyce give evidence to the EFRA committee on the impact of Brexit on the seafood sector. The Scottish Seafood Export Taskforce met again last week and the focus is on efficiencies and costs, the outcome of this is a technical working group focusing on the issues to develop solutions. This group met this week and included seafood businesses who are experiencing this first hand.
 
Seafood Producers Resilience Fund
 
The deadline for eligible vessels to apply for the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund has been extended until 23.59 on Sunday 7 March.
 
For information on applications and an example of a completed application go to the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund section of the Marine Scotland website.
 
If you have already applied you will get a response in 15 days.
 
Seafood Response Scheme

UK Government have announced this scheme and full details can be found here. It is wider than the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund in that it includes all vessels under 40 meters, turnover is £10k for example. Full details of the scheme will be announced on the 1st March with invite for applications the 8th March (as of today we still haven’t seen any update)
 
Love Seafood – Webinar ‘marketing masterclasses’ for seafood businesses
 
Seafish – as part of Love Seafood B2B activity – launches a series of three webinar ‘marketing masterclasses’ for seafood businesses.
 
The webinars are designed to give independent business owners a chance to develop their marketing skills and knowledge – and will also provide attendees with an opportunity to learn how they can use the Love Seafood consumer brand as part of their own marketing and promotional activity.
 
The three webinars are:

  • Thursday 11 March – Maximising social media for business – Get insights on common social media queries and build knowledge on how to execute simple but effective social media strategies.

Event information https://www.seafish.org/about-us/events/marketing-masterclass-maximising-social-media-for-business
Event registration https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marketing-masterclass-maximising-social-media-for-business-registration-141121737917

  • Thursday 18 March – An introduction to local search engine optimisation (SEO) – Learn how to find out what customers are searching for and how to make local SEO work for your business.

Event information https://www.seafish.org/about-us/events/marketing-masterclass-an-intro-to-local-search-engine-optimisation
Event registration https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marketing-masterclass-an-intro-to-local-search-engine-optimisation-registration-141123222357

  • Monday 22 March – Restaurants responding to Covid-19 – Hear from two restaurant owners on how they successfully adapted to the challenges brought by Covid-19. Hosted by celebrity chef Mark Sargeant, and featuring Bob McCoubrey (Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast) and Campbell Mickel (Eddie’s Seafood Market and Merienda Restaurant, Edinburgh).

Event information https://www.seafish.org/about-us/events/marketing-masterclass-restaurants-responding-to-covid-19
Event registration https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marketing-masterclass-restaurants-responding-to-covid-19-registration-141162923103
 
 
Webinar series from SPS Borders & Boundaries Programme (DEFRA)
 
As you are aware, the transition period with the European Union (EU) came to an end on 31 December 2020, with new import controls being introduced in stages from January until July 2021.
 
In April, there will be a further set of changes coming into effect on imports of products of animal origin (POAO) for human consumption, as outlined in the Border operating Model. These changes affect imports of food and drink containing animal products.
 
SPS Borders & Boundaries Programme at Defra invite you to join our webinar series, which will run throughout February and March (please see a full timetable below), starting with:

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain- With a focus on Composites

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain- With a focus on Fish & Fish Products

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain

Mass Covid testing scheme for food sector in Scotland opens, for businesses over 25 employees

The Scottish Government is now expanding free lateral flow antigen testing to eligible seafood businesses. This scheme is voluntary for businesses and their employees. The lateral flow antigen test kit produces results within 30 minutes which is very quick compared to other testing options, so provides the ability to limit infection spread quickly. Staff who choose to participate will undertake a lateral flow test twice weekly (with government providing the test kits free of charge). 

If there is a positive result, the member of staff should return home immediately and book a confirmatory PCR test (lab-processed test) through the usual online system.  
The Scottish Government would like to hear from larger (over 25 employees. However, if you are a smaller business, get in touch anyway as government is keen to gauge levels of interest as the programme may be expanded. Full and detailed guidance will be available to help businesses. This will be accessible via the online system called “Egress” used for ordering test kits.  

In the meantime, if your business would be interested in taking part, please email FoodSupplyInformation@gov.scot with the following information:

  • Name, business name, address (where test kits will be sent to) and email with the main point of contact
  • Company registration number and industry sector (standard industry code which can be found on your Companies House registration)
  • Number of employees

Regional Food Fund opens for new applications
This fund aims to support the food and drink sector’s recovery from COVID-19 and has been made possible with £100,000 of Scottish Government funding. The fund is part of the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership’s Recovery plan, with grants of up to £5,000 available to applicants. The fund is open to:

  • individual businesses in the food and drink sector, including primary producers, on behalf of a collaborative group or project
  • regional and community groups (both rural and urban)
  • individuals on behalf of a collaborative group or project

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2021 and you’ll find more detail here.

Webinar recording

Recording of the webinar on ‘The practicalities of VAT and Brexit in the Seafood Sector – What you need to know.’

12th February

This week has been another week dominated by Brexit challenges and discussions. Things are progressing and we are starting to experience more issues at the ports and border control points throughout Europe. Work is ongoing to resolve all these issues and everyone continues to work together to try and support the sector to get seafood flowing as frictionless as possible into Europe. The Seafood Taskforce met today to push forward with major issues still facing the sector

Seafood Producers Resilience fund  

The Seafood Producers Resilience Fund will provide support to eligible shellfish catchers and eligible shellfish and trout aquaculture undertakings. These businesses have lost access to domestic and international food markets as a result of COVID-19, and the difficult trading conditions that have resulted from the end of the transition period following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. To apply please find details here.

£23m Seafood Disruption Support Scheme open for applications
Some weeks after it was announced, Defra has opened this Brexit compensation scheme. Despite its name, it doesn’t actually compensate for disruption. It will only compensate for losses, where there is evidence of sales not being completed with a customer due to a delay or if the product value was reduced. The scheme – open SMEs only (less than 250 employees and under £36M turnover) – will pay a percentage of those losses. The percentage won’t be determined until all applications are received (but is understood to be at least 50%). To be honest, it looks difficult to apply for given the evidence required to prove losses and the narrow eligibility criteria. Applications close at the end of February and the detail is all here  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/seafood-disruption-support-scheme

Scottish Brexit Support

Our Brexit specialists are available now to help and advise you and your businesses regarding any urgent post-Brexit EU exporting issues. We have worked with 20 companies this week on their issues.
 
The consultants appointed by Seafood Scotland are now in place and can be contacted with specific issues or challenges you are facing to do with any aspect of exporting your product to the EU.
 
This might include clarity on customs and export certification processes and systems, or on documentation or paperwork or issues, such as:

  • Catch certificates
  • Health certificates
  • Commodity codes
  • Labels
  • Export declarations

 
or any other relevant supply chain-related challenges you may be experiencing.
 
Our consultants, Alastair Kennedy and Steve Galloway can be contacted directly at alastair.kennedy@seafoodscotland.org or via Seafood Scotland at enquiries@seafoodscotland.org
 

Brexit support in France

 
Seafood Scotland has appointed a France-based expert to help Scottish seafood companies untangle the administrative issues which have plagued the industry since the UK left the EU. Taylor Calon will provide on-site support to companies and lorry drivers at Boulogne-Sur-Mer.
 
Lorry drivers facing any difficulty moving their seafood through the French port will be able to contact Taylor directly for in-person support. He will be available 24 hours/day, Mondays through Saturdays. For Taylor’s contact details please email enquiries@seafoodscotland.org
 

Webinars

VAT Webinar

 
Are you considering changing your business model to be the exporter of record and importer of record in France.
What will then be implications with regard to EU import VAT and EU domestic VAT.
We will be running a webinar shortly on this topic. There will also be a question-and-answer session after the presentation. 
 

Please let us know if you have any specific questions you want address
 
Speakers and panel will be from one of Scotland’s major accountancy businesses that have international trading experience.
 
There’s an upcoming (23 Feb) webinar Completing declarations for trade with the EU available on this page – Our Webinar Programme – Open to Export

Recording of recent webinars

Importing EU to GB Webinars

 
Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain

22/02/2021 14:00-15:00 – Register here
 
Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain- With a focus on Composites

01/03/2021 14:00-15:00 – Register here
 
Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain

08/03/2021 14:00-15:00 – Register here
 
Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain- With a focus on Composites

15/03/2021 14:00- 15:00 – Register here
 
Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain- With a focus on Fish & Fish Products

22/03/2021 14:00-15:00 – Register here
 
Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain
29/03/2021 14:00-15:00 – Register here

Trader Support Service (TSS) for NI trade

Updated process for controlled goods

If you are moving controlled goods, the declarations you submit from 15 February will require additional data so we can generate the required ENS Safety & Security declarations and Simplified Frontier declarations (SFDs).

This is because TSS has enhanced its processes to align with CDS declaration requirements. The exceptions to this are:

  • Import declarations that are pre-lodged before February 15 will not be affected by this change.
  • If you need to use the TSS bulk upload API, these changes will not be required from 15 February. We will contact you directly to share the timeline and specification for the API when it has been updated for controlled goods.
  • For supermarkets with easements through DEFRA and HMRC, we will contact you directly to discuss how these new processes apply to you.

Controlled goods typically require additional processes, licences or certification. You can find examples of controlled goods here and visit the Northern Ireland (EU) Tariff tool to identify whether goods you move are controlled or not.

As with the current process, you will need to submit data that is accepted and authorised by TSS ahead of any goods movement.
 

Preparations to make now

Traders should be ready to either supply the information direct to TSS or indirectly via their haulier/carrier. As commercial data is needed, you may prefer to supply information independently to maintain confidentiality of the item price. Full details of the data required are outlined in this guide.
 

Action list

Preparing for these enhanced processes is critical, as the additional data for controlled goods must be submitted and approved before they are transported. The following actions should be taken immediately if you plan to move goods in the week following 15 February:

  • Step 1: Consult the Northern Ireland (EU) Tariff tool referred to above to identify whether your goods are controlled, and if so, if there are any additional documentation or certification requirements.
  • Step 2: Determine who will provide the additional consignment data (e.g. you, the GB supplier or the NI purchaser etc.)
  • Step 3: Review the data guide here
  • Step 4: Pre-lodge declarations well in advance of goods movements; as with any new process, it may take some time for you and your partners to become familiar with these requirements. Allowing time for TSS to clarify any issues with your information is advisable.
  • Step 5: Ensure you and your haulier have an agreed process in place to share and upload licences or documents, in the event that checks are required.

We appreciate this process change for controlled goods will mean you need to take more time to get ready before your first movement. You can pre-lodge import declarations up to 14 days in advance of departure. We recommend you pre-lodge declarations at least 48 hours ahead of your planned goods movement. 

Supplementary declarations – a reminder

To help you prepare for the imminent need to complete supplementary declarations, we have published new guidance here on the NICTA portal.

This guidance is in addition to the existing Supplementary Declarations guide on NICTA, covering the data required. A webinar recording on preparing for supplementary declarations is available here.

The declarant of record is responsible for completing the Supplementary declaration. Please refer to the guidance if you are unsure who the declarant of record is for any goods movements you are involved in.

‘Consignment first’ groupage: evolving the TSS service

Groupage is the commercial grouping of multiple consignments within a single trailer or vehicle.

This can involve several independent hauliers combining their separate part-load consignments into a single full load or a single haulier collecting multiple distinct consignments from different suppliers or from different locations to create a single load for shipment to NI.
 

Haulier feedback

After consulting hauliers, from the 15 February TSS will be making changes to its declarations submission process to better accommodate groupage loads.

Traders can now input consignments into the TSS portal, create your MRN numbers and then pass this information to your haulier.

Hauliers can then create their final ENS by combining all consignments under one ENS header once the full trailer or vehicle load has been completed, submitting the declaration through TSS.

Full instructions and guidance will be available on NICTA shortly.

Moving fish

This is a new entrant into our weekly list of top queries. If moving fish from GB to NI, there is guidance from HM Government here.

Transit

Goods movement journeys from NI to GB via Ireland (the EU) require export declarations that are supported by TSS. It’s a process we have outlined in summary here.

5th February

Latest situation

This week has been another week dominated by Brexit challenges and discussions. Things are progressing but still very slowly and we are starting to experience more issues at the ports and border control points throughout Europe. Work is ongoing to resolve all these issues and everyone continues to work together to try and support the sector to get seafood flowing as frictionless as possible into Europe.
 
Seafood Producers Resilience fund – went live today.
 
The Seafood Producers Resilience Fund will provide support to eligible shellfish catchers and eligible shellfish and trout aquaculture undertakings. These businesses have lost access to domestic and international food markets as a result of COVID-19, and the difficult trading conditions that have resulted from the end of the transition period following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The scheme was announced by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing on 3 February. 

This new funding worth £6.45m will benefit:

  • around 1000 vessels landing shellfish such as crab, lobster, scallops, langoustines and squid
  • round 75 aquaculture businesses that produce shellfish or trout for table markets.

The scheme will provide vital cash to vulnerable fishers and producers as quickly as possible in order to contribute to our objectives to:

  • support the seafood producing sector
  • ensure that viable businesses are not lost in the short term whilst we seek resolution to the current issues, and await improvements to the public health situation
  • keep jobs in remote coastal communities

This funding does not prevent vessels from fishing, or businesses from operating
To apply please find details here 
 
£23m Funding Announcement

After the announcement by Defra and Treasury of a £23 million compensation scheme for fishing and seafood businesses hit by lost export sales over 2 weeks ago, there is still no detail.  We understand more details may emerge next week but we await more information. 
 
Seafood Scotland Expert Brexit Support Now Available
 
Thanks to funding from Scotland Food & Drink Partnership’s recovery plan, underpinned by Scottish Government funding, new temporary Brexit specialist posts in Seafood Scotland have been created to support companies with the new bureaucratic requirements – details below. 
 
Scottish Brexit Support
 
Our Brexit specialists are available now to help and advise you and your businesses regarding any urgent post-Brexit EU exporting issues.
 
The consultants appointed by Seafood Scotland are now in place and can be contacted with specific issues or challenges you are facing to do with any aspect of exporting your product to the EU.
 
This might include clarity on customs and export certification processes and systems, or on documentation or paperwork or issues, such as:

  • Catch certificates
  • Health certificates
  • Commodity codes
  • Labels
  • Export declarations

 
or any other relevant supply chain-related challenges you may be experiencing.
 
Our consultants, Alastair Kennedy and Steve Galloway can be contacted directly at alastair.kennedy@seafoodscotland.org or via Seafood Scotland at enquiries@seafoodscotland.org
 
Brexit support in France
 
New appointment will provide on-ground support in Boulogne-Sur-Mer for Scottish seafood companies
 
Seafood Scotland has appointed a France-based expert to help Scottish seafood companies untangle the administrative issues which have plagued the industry since the UK left the EU. Taylor Calon will provide on-site support to companies and lorry drivers at Boulogne-Sur-Mer.
 
Lorry drivers facing any difficulty moving their seafood through the French port will be able to contact Taylor directly for in-person support. He will be available 24 hours/day, Mondays through Saturdays. For Taylor’s contact details please email enquiries@seafoodscotland.org
 
Rules of Origin Webinar recording

Seafish yesterday held a rules of origin webinar. The 90 minute session covered:

  • Rules of Origin in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Why they matter at each stage in your supply chain
  • How they apply to unprocessed and processed seafood intended for re-export

 
https://youtu.be/RfzTsfLYXbA
 
Live Bivalve Molluscs
 
You will have heard this week that the EU are looking to change rules regarding exporting LMB’s undepurated from class B and below waters. Marine Scotland and DEFRA and working on this but if any company is concerned about the future trade of LBM’s into Europe or will be impacted can you please let us know at enquiries@seafoodscotland.org and we will pass your enquiry / issue on.
 
 
The Academy – Scotland Food & Drink

The Academy is a unique, market-focused, and commercially orientated training programme that helps Scottish food and drink businesses – at every stage of their growth journey – sell themselves, build their brands and thrive in grocery and foodservice markets.
This unique series of structured training programmes is designed by market-focused industry experts to enable real and sustainable business growth. Underpinned by tailored one-to-one support, each programme matches the needs of your business with appropriate specialists and mentors.
The Academy is focused on knowledge-sharing, upskilling, innovating and succeeding. It’s fundamentally about delivering real change for long term growth for your business. Change that’s rooted in the here and now, in the commercial realities of the world we live in but with an eye to the future, to ensure your business is agile.
No matter whether you’re a two-person start-up or a renowned, established brand we can offer you the expertise you need to give your business the extra edge.
What are the programmes on offer, and what are the differences between each?

  • Seeding Growth is geared toward early-stage businesses or those towards the start of their growth journey to drive sales and opportunities beyond your local market.
  • Accelerating Growth is for SMEs with aspirations to enter the next phase of growth and will help identify and unlock opportunities to increase penetration and sales in UK markets.
  • Commercial Excellence is for highly ambitious commercial professionals and sales leaders in well established businesses looking to achieve significant market growth.

 
To read more about the programme click here.

22nd January

Latest situation
It has been a dreadful three weeks of challenges for exporters. Groupage has been the source of greatest trouble with bureaucratic requirements being initially impossible for many consolidated loads. Alongside my other industry colleagues, I have been involved in separate Ministerial meetings with Fergus Ewing, DEFRA Ministers George Eustice and Victoria Prentice this week. There is now UK Government acknowledgement of the scale of the problem and officials in Scotland and London are working hard to tackle immediate problems. It should be noted that freight volumes between GB and the Continent remain considerably lower than normal so challenges may exacerbate in the coming weeks.

Groupage – a tentative restart
The movement of consolidated loads for different companies – groupage – restarted this week with very modest volumes. There needs to be a ramping up of this over the coming days for more companies to start trading again into the EU.
In the medium-term (within the coming weeks) ourselves and partners are exploring options to look at streamlining of bureaucracy, based on the evidence of the first three weeks of post-Brexit trade. There may be more information next week on a process to take that crucial work forward. 

Identifying common problems and steps to address them
One of the great challenges of recent days has been the sheer number of problem areas around the new, post-Brexit bureaucracy. As one problem is addressed, it seems as though another two emerge. In the last 24 hours, problems have ranged from typos on documents, incorrect batch numbers and wrong importer addresses to ridiculous debates about whether fish species needed translated into Dutch and whether official stamps should be in red or blue ink. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) continues to work hard on the ground at the three hubs to issue Export Health Certificates and tackle many of these individual problems. However problems exist on both sides of the Channel and within our member companies, whom are grappling with the new requirements. 
FSS have very kindly pulled together a list of the key issues the hubs are experiencing
 
For suppliers

  • Discrepancies between the documents provided to the COs and the labels on the products checked (wrong ID mark, different batch numbers, different production dates, total number of boxes, weights, wrong supplier, etc.)
  • Delays in the Hub obtaining the information from their suppliers
  • Incomplete information from suppliers(number or incorrect commodity code, common name of product with no scientific name, etc)
  • Excessive time required for the Hubs to verify the information before presenting the loads to the COs – if there is incomplete information the Hubs need to go back to the suppliers to get the right information – eg 3 separate batch numbers in the chiller for one load but the paperwork had two completely different batch numbers
  • Mix up’s with destination – some goods for Northern Ireland were recorded on paperwork for Europe
  • Wrong trailer numbers and wrong seal numbers given by hub
  • Some loads arriving late so EHCs delayed

We also have numerous issues that have arisen and we are currently working with SG, APHA and Defra colleagues to resolve;

  • Lack of clarity on how to certify Faroes product for EU
  • BCPs want wild caught and farmed salmon on separate EHCs contrary to DEFRA guidance
  • Several small quantity suppliers asking if they need an EHC for a few packets —-  and they do
  • Considerable push back from suppliers about Supplier declarations provision
  • Lack of clarity on export of whole scallops and crab meat
  • Suppliers confused about approval numbers when in a complex chain
  • Being asked about a Peterhead and Aberdeen hub
  • Can fish defrost on same pallet as fresh ——- yes apparently
  • Problems issuing EHCs for Norwegian Salmon being re-exported
  • BCP considering rejecting fish supplied in water (and ice) —  claim its illegal – probably is but waiting DEFRA decision
  • Commodity codes not recognised in HMRC export system – Monkfish cheeks and skate wings

We are also bringing in seafood consultants to support individual companies with 1-2-1 hands on support around paperwork, we will offer step by step guidance and also look at other issues your company is facing to continue to trade into the EU. This service will be free of charge. Please contact donna.fordyce@seafoodscotland.org and we will arrange this.
UK Government has released a new easy to follow guide of the Top Things Exporters Need to do Now which can be found here.

Compensation scheme for the seafood sector
There was good news and bad news within a £23 million compensation scheme announced by the UK Government for the seafood sector. The good news is that there are funds available. The bad news is that the detail is sketchy and some of it contradictory. It is not clear whether those catching can claim for damages as well as those processing. Proof is also required to show genuine loss and it’s unclear what the bureaucracy surrounding that will look like. Again, there will be more detail when it is published.

Dealing with freight on the “non-short straits”, to Netherlands and Belgium.
Much of the focus has been on challenges on routes to Calais and North West France. However, trade to Belgium and the Netherlands is also problematic. A webinar with the relevant authorities is taking place next Wednesday (27th) at 2pm. You’ll find the detail to register here.

Drivers hours derogation
Defra has confirmed to us this morning that a derogation to the normal drivers hours regulation is now in effect across the UK. This will assist in providing some flexibility should delays occur.
 
Update from In-Market in France
 
Update from the Ministry of Agriculture
A contact of mine from Boulogne sent me an email he received from a French Ministry of Agriculture representative
In this email, he confirms that this is end of the early 2021 “leniency” (he speaks of tolerance towards error) period and that they’ve received guidance to apply EU rules fully and strictly from Monday 25th onward.
They have however witnessed a diminishing number of errors and issues.
FYI, the most common mistakes are:

  • Missing health certificate
  • Non registered exporting company
  • Non validated status on Traces NT
  • Wrong health certificate for the exported good
  • Missing veterinarian/controller signature, missing stamp
  • Wrong quantity of goods mentioned in the health certificate
  • Wrong species, missing species
  • Certificate signed after the departure of goods
  • Wrong labelling (latin name, ISO code, etc.)
  • Wild fish and farmed fish on the same certificate (this has been brought to their attention several times and has been corrected less quickly than other mistakes. If partners have questions on forms for wild fish, let me know)
  • Strikethroughs
  • Absence from the approved production area for bivalve molluscs (with exceptions)
  • Unique reference number of the health certificate shown on several certificates
  • Annex to the health certificate not attached to the certificate (Unique reference number, stamp, signature, date, pagination)

Another thing: companies need to be fully registered on the platform TRACES. Failure to do so will no longer be accepted. When a company registers, it gets a “new” status but it can only start exporting once this status moves to “validated”.
 
All those mistakes will stop the consignment at the border.

Webinars
Recorded Export Documents Session 20th January 2021 – https://youtu.be/SqIuFFgObIM
 
Recorded webinars are still available on these two links:
Webinars and videos for organisations that trade with the EU – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)  the latest quite comprehensive webinar from the Border & Protocol Delivery Group that took place last week
Help and support for UK transition – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) (There are also details and links available on this link to upcoming webinars next week on Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary (next Wednesday 27th) and Importing: what you need to know about Staged Controls (next Thursday 28th))
 
Further food and drink-related recorded webinars are available here:
Export Health Certificates from Great Britain to the European Union

 
There is a free webinar from the Institute of Export and International Trade on Rules of Origin in the UK-EU TCA taking place next Tuesday 26th:
Rules of Origin: free IOE&IT webinar on 26 January to outline solutions to new UK-EU trade rules – The Institute of Export and International Trade

23rd December

Support During the Festive Period

Below is key websites and details of who to contact during the festive period for Brexit related issues.
 
The Website https://www.prepareforbrexit.scot/  will be continually updated with the latest guidance and should be the first place to look for information
 
If you cannot find what you are looking for on the website and would like to speak to someone please call  0300 303 0661
 
Seafish will also be updated their website with guidance which can be found here
 
If you are unable to find the answer to your question in their guidance then Seafish’s regulation team will be available to answer further questions on the end of the Brexit transition period over Christmas and New Year through a pre-bookable service. Between Monday 21 December 2020 and Monday 4 January 2021, seafood businesses looking for additional advice with specific issues, can book a half hour slot with one of Seafish’s team. This helpline service replaces the usual contact details for their team during the above period.
 
Follow the link here to pre-book a time slot which suits you. When making your booking please provide as much information as you can about the issues you are experiencing.

Other Brexit Information

Important update for Hauliers on market access rules from 1 January 2021 if there is no Free Trade Agreement

We appreciate current circumstances are very challenging for the haulage sector.  We are working to ensure that the appropriate arrangements are in place for hauliers after the Transition Period ends.  We said we would keep you updated on changes that affect you. 

Latest position

We continue to work hard to finalise an overall trade agreement with the EU.  That agreement should allow UK hauliers to carry goods to, from and through the EU with no restrictions.  Both sides continue to prepare for a situation where a trade agreement has not been concluded by 31 December.

On 10 December, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation covering basic connectivity with regard to both road freight, and road passenger transport. The EU Council has since approved the text with some changes (including the addition of some cabotage rights) and if the European Parliament endorses the text then it will be formally adopted.  This is expected to happen shortly.
If the Regulation is adopted in its current form, it will allow UK hauliers to make unlimited journeys to or from the EU until 30 June 2021, and some additional movements until 31 May:

  • Until 28 Feb UK hauliers will be allowed to make two additional movements which can be either cross-trade*, cabotage** or one of each;
  • between 1 March and 31 May hauliers will be allowed to make 1 additional movement which can be either cross-trade* or cabotage**.

This will cover the majority of journeys performed by UK hauliers to EU countries.  If an overall trade agreement with the EU is not concluded we will be working to put in place longer-term arrangements with the EU or Member States.
The EU Regulation will not allow transit to third countries.  If an overall trade agreement is not concluded, and if you need to transit the EU to a third country you will need an ECMT permit.   If you have been allocated an annual ECMT permit you have until 23.59 today to pay for the permit. 

What action should I take?

  • Check your journeys are covered by the EU Regulation and consider in particular whether you need a permit for transit in January.

We will be able to issue short term permits for these journeys.  If you have not been allocated an annual ECMT permit then you should contact the DVSA at shorttermecmt@dvsa.gov.uk 

Permits will only be issued for journeys to the countries listed below and you may be asked to provide evidence of previous trips or future contracts.  While we assess demand, we will only issue permits to cover journeys that commence in January and you must return completed ECMT logbooks within two weeks of the expiry of the permit.  Arrangements for access after January will be confirmed in the New Year.

We are not able at this stage to issue short term permits for additional cross-trade journeys: hauliers must therefore operate within the rules of the EU Regulation and may also make use of the permit-free movements allowed under the ECMT regime – see pages 11 and 13 of the ECMT User Guide

Third countries where you may need an ECMT permit to transit the EU in January:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine***

 

Cross-trade is moving goods between two EU Member States, e.g taking a load from Paris to Brussels.

**Cabotage is moving goods between two points within one EU Member State e.g. from Paris to Lille.

*** We expect the contingency regulation to be adopted by both Norway and Liechtenstein but this is not guaranteed before 1 January 2021. 

If not already done so, we invite you to fill in the Check, Change, Go online survey here which will highlight any gaps in your preparations. Hopefully, you have already done this.

Fish Export Service – If you are going to be exporting after 1st January into the EU you need to register with the Fish Export Service. Further details can be found here

Transportation – Guidance has been developed to for transportation of goods from UK to Europe and can be found here  Tip –  If you are transporting your own goods please ensure when sealing the lorry that you use a metal padlock and not plastic or it will be rejected.

Webinar recordings

Please find links below DEFRA’s recorded webinars that are now available on YouTube.  

Marine Scotland & Seafish Webinars

26th November

Brexit

The Seafish Website has a number of resources that will be very useful for companies including Trade agreements and seafood tariffs https://www.seafish.org/trade-and-regulation/uk-exit-from-the-eu/trade-agreements-and-seafood-tariffs/
 
A guide to exporting products into the EU with a helpful list of questions which you can click onto for answers.
https://www.seafish.org/trade-and-regulation/uk-exit-from-the-eu/i-export-seafood-from-great-britain/
 
Marine Scotland and Seafish’s webinar series material to download: 

If there is any company who is really struggling to get answers to questions please ask us and we will try and find out the answer for you.

 

10th November

Webinars

Three webinars are being organised by Marine Scotland and Seafish to help seafood businesses prepare for changes to import and export processes for trade with the EU and Northern Ireland, that will come into effect from 1 January 2021. Click here for more information.

  • 12 November 10am – 11.30am  – Importing and exporting non-live fishery products –  Please register by emailing Jacquelyn.McDonald@gov.scot by 4pm on 11 November or sign in via Zoom Link – Meeting ID 844 3330 8159 / Passcode: 744400.
  • 18 November 10am – 11.30am – Importing and exporting live fishery products – sign in via Zoom Link – Meeting ID: 880 8018 6577 / Passcode: 089907
  • 2 December 10am – 11.30am – Moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol – sign in via Zoom Link – Meeting ID: 834 0155 3599 / Passcode: @8nFv#

 

EU Settlement Scheme
 
the UK has now left the EU.  EU citizens and their families will have to apply to the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 in order to continue living, working and studying in the UK after that date.
 
Scotland deeply values the contribution EU citizens make to our society, culture and economy and we want people to stay in Scotland. We have produced a package of support to help guide people on how to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.  
 
We need your help to get the word out to all EU citizens living in Scotland.  To help you do this we have created a Stay in Scotland Toolkit with a range of materials:

  • A3 poster
  • A5 information leaflets (available in English and 21 additional languages)
  • EU Exit Fact Sheet
  • Guides for EU Citizens and Employers
  • Radio advert
  • Animated gif
  • Static images
  • Suggested copy for use on website and social media channels

Download all the assets and toolkit via WeTransfer here: https://we.tl/t-yR4hkIr2me
 
We would be most grateful if you can print and display these in public spaces and areas visible to EU citizens and share across your networks using #WeAreScotland, pointing people to www.mygov.scot/stayinscotland
 
 
HMRC urges traders to act now to prepare for 1 January 2021
 
HMRC has written to VAT-registered traders highlighting actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1 January 2021.
Below is also basic guidance taken from Gov.UK  as to when you are required to register for VAT
“You must register for VAT if:

  • you expect your VAT taxable turnover to be more than £85,000 in the next 30-day period
  • your business had a VAT taxable turnover of more than £85,000 over the last 12 months

You might also need to register in some other cases, depending on the kinds of goods or services you sell and where you sell them.
If you’ll exceed the VAT threshold in the next 30-day period
You must register if you realise that your total VAT taxable turnover is going to be more than £85,000 in the next 30-day period.
You have to register by the end of that 30-day period. Your effective date of registration is the date you realised, not the date your turnover went over the threshold.”

  • Border Operating Model.

Key aspects of the BOM:
 
From 1 January 2021, the model states that traders need to:

  • Understand the requirements of EU Member States. The necessary processes must have been done and documentation completed to comply with these requirements.
  • GB EORI – Traders will need a GB EORI number to move goods to or from the UK. Check your EORI number. Apply for a new one if yours does not start with GB.
  • EU EORI – If undertaking any EU customs processes, traders will need an EU EORI.
  • If you are an importer, check which goods are on the controlled goods list- If your good is on the controlled goods list, you will need to complete full customs declarations from January.
  • If you are importing non-controlled goods, decide whether to delay the customs declaration for up to six months or complete full customs declarations on import.
  • Decide how to complete customs formalities: Most traders are expected to use a customs intermediary. These are experts who can make declarations on your behalf.
  • Duty Deferment Account (DDA) – A DDA allows holders to delay customs duty, excise duty and import duty, to be paid once a month rather than on individual consignments.
  • Check to see if a facilitation would benefit the business- there are a number of facilitations, including the Common Transit Convention, to help import and export goods.
  • If you are importing live animals or high-priority plants and plant products, you need to be prepared for submitting additional documentation and checks taking place at point of destination.
  • If you are an exporter, be prepared to submit customs export declarations from January.
  • If you are a haulier, be ready to use the “Check an HGV is ready” service.

At this first stage, you do not need to:

  • Submit Safety & Security declarations.
  • Submit full customs declarations at the point of import, if you are importing a non-controlled good and you decide to delay your declaration for up to six months.
  • Traders importing non-controlled goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to prepare for basic customs requirements, such as keeping sufficient records of imported goods. Traders will also need to consider how they account for and pay VAT on imported goods. Traders will then have up to six months to complete customs declarations. While tariffs will be payable where due on relevant goods, payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made. UK Safety and Security declarations will not be required on imports for the first six months.
  • There will also be physical checks at the point of destination or other approved premises on all high-risk live animals and high-priority plants and plant products, and a requirement to obtain the relevant documentation and pre-notify for certain movements, but they will not be required to enter GB via a point of entry with an appropriate Border Control Post (BCP).
  • Export declarations and UK exit Safety and Security declarations will be required for all goods. Traders importing and exporting goods using the Common Transit Convention will need to follow all of the transit procedures – these will not be introduced in stages. The Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) will be introduced from January only for transit movements.

From April 2021:

  • All products of animal origin (POAO) and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation. Any physical checks will continue to be conducted at the point of destination until July 2021.

From April 2021, you must:

  • If traders are importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) or a regulated plant and plant product, traders must be prepared to submit pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.

You do not need to:

  • If you are not importing Products of Animal Origin or a regulated plant, you do not need to make any changes from January 2021 requirements.

From July 2021:

  • Traders moving any goods will have to make full customs declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs. Delaying declarations will not be possible.
  • Full Safety & Security declarations will be required, while for commodities subject to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls, these must arrive at an established point of entry with an appropriate BCP and there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples. SPS checks for animals, plants and their products will take place at GB BCPs. The GVMS will be in place for all imports, exports and transit movements at border locations which have chosen to introduce it.
  • From July 2021, you must:
  • Meet full customs requirements including submitting declarations, regardless of whether it is a controlled or a non-controlled good, as well as paying VAT and excise duty where necessary
  • Submit Safety & Security declarations
  • Be prepared for customs compliance checks either at port or an inland site
  • Be prepared for relevant SPS goods to enter GB via a Border Control Post either at port or an inland site, accompanied by SPS documentary requirements.
  • You must not:
  • Fail to complete customs, VAT and excise requirements
  • Fail to submit goods to any necessary physical and documentary checks at GB Border Control Posts.

 
links to the Border Operating Model and UK and EU Border Control Posts – this information is available here:

Brexit Information Hub

Guidance on the Marine Scotland website
 
Marine Scotland produced guidance material on international trade in 2019, preparatory to a potential no-deal Brexit – guidance. We would urge you to visit this website in the first instance, and consider downloading the guidance leaflets and following up the links that would be relevant to your business.
 
Preparing for Brexit on Scottish Government website
 
For additional comprehensive guidance from the Scottish Government, please visit this website: preparing for Brexit.
 
Fishing Vessel Registration and Inspection by LA’s – URGENT
 
Marine Scotland believes there is now good industry knowledge about the requirement for all vessels intending to put their catch into an export supply chain to be a registered food business. This requires an inspection, which will be undertaken by Local Authority officials. Food Standards Scotland has been leading this initiative, and details can be found here: guidance.
 
Listed Food Businesses
 
Although this topic will potentially be covered in some of the other guidance referred to in this paper, please also see: guidance.
 
UK Transition website
 
As a general portal to all things related to the end of the transition period, the UK government has launched its Transition website.
 
The Border Operating Model
 
Much of the information you will need to trade with EU Member States, whether as an importer or an exporter, is contained within the recently published Border Operating Model. This is an extensive document, and much of it is not relevant to the seafood sector. Nevertheless, some of the generic guidance to importers and exporters is valuable, and there are specific sections related to seafood sector trade. Webinars are available. Importers should note the UK government’s proposal to phase the requirements for imports over the first six months of 2021. In addition, there is a UK government consultation for 2025.
 
 
How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021
 
HM Revenue and Customs put this guidance material online on the 13th of July.
 
Export Health Certificates
 
Seafood sector exporters will be aware of the need for Export Health Certificates after the end of the transition period, and this topic is covered in some of the other guidance referred to in this paper.  There is a lot of useful information contained within the following webpages. In addition you can search for available certificates. SG and FSS are proposing FSS leads on EHC provision at a minimum of two key logistics hubs in Scotland, which will operate a ‘groupage’ system to help food business export effectively and efficiently after the EU-exit transition period. More information will shortly be communicated, and will be available through the Brexit section of the FSS website: https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/about-us/brexit
 
Marine and Fisheries Compliance
 
Effective monitoring and enforcement of marine and fishing laws is vital if we are to protect Scotland’s valuable marine areas and fisheries. It is important that these are protected by detecting breaches of fisheries regulations by monitoring and inspection at sea and in ports, and then reporting as appropriate to the prosecuting authorities, and by providing intelligence on fishing activity in the sea areas around Scotland. Comprehensive guidance on all relevant issues, and particularly Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and Catch Certificates can be found here: guidance.
 
The Northern Ireland Protocol
 
The UK government recently published first a ‘command paper’ on the NI border, then the NI Business Guidance, which is intended to outline some of the requirements for the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The guidance includes a section on moving consignments of fish from GB to NI, and for GB vessels landing fish directly into NI. Other aspects of the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol are still subject to the outcome of negotiations. The working assumption is that Export Health Certificates (EHCs) will be required for trade in products of animal origin between GB and NI. Further guidance will be issued in due course.
 
MMO survey
 
The Marine Management Organisation has just launched a survey with registered users of the Catch Certificate system. MMO is only going to contact its English registered users, but there is an expectation that Scottish registered users should also get involved in the survey – and we would urge you to do so. The link to the survey is here.
 
 
Seafish Guidance
 
Seafish has produced guidance that will help prepare seafood businesses for the end of the transition period. It focusses on the day-to-day scenarios likely to be encountered. This includes food safety, traceability and trade, but does not cover issues arising from the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
 
Seafood Scotland Guidance
 
As Seafood Scotland notes “In light of the imminent departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, it is essential that actions are taken by the Seafood industry to ensure continued success, deal or no deal”. The website contains helpful information and links.

27th October

Customs documentation.
 
This is an area that will be unfamiliar to a number of companies if you have only exported within the EU. Companies will need to decide who they want to use as a customs agent, a list can be found here  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/list-of-customs-agents-and-fast-parcel-operators
. It would also be beneficial for your company to also have knowledge within this area and there is funding available to support this training.
 
You can apply for 3 grants to help your business complete customs declarations.
You can apply to get funding for:

  • training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes
  • hiring new staff to help your business complete customs declarations
  • IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently

What you must use the grants for:

Recruitment
You must use the funding to cover the recruitment and salary costs of new employees, where the new employee started on or after 12 June 2020, who will help your business complete customs declarations.
You can also use the funding to cover the salary costs of employees who are redeployed from another part of your business in order to undertake customs declarations. These employees new roles must increase the capacity of the company to deal with customs declarations.

Training
The training must give you or your employees the skills to:

  • complete customs declarations
  • carry out customs processes – this can include relevant training in safety and security

The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification.
If you want to arrange the training internally, you can use the funding for the
cost of delivering the training, like related stationery, room hire, catering and travel and subsistence costs.
If the training will be delivered by an in-house trainer, you can also use the funding to cover the (reasonable) day rate of the trainer.
You cannot use the funding for other unrelated training
You can also use the grant to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant training since 12 June 2020.

IT improvements
You must use the funding to buy software that will help your business to complete customs declarations more efficiently.
It must be a ready-made solution – you cannot use the funding to commission bespoke software.
You can also use the funding to:

  • buy hardware that’s needed for the software to run
  • install and configure the software and hardware
  • buy the first year licence
  • train employees to use the software

You cannot use the funding for unrelated networking costs.
You can also use the grant to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements since 12 June 2020.
You can apply for the funding here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/grants-for-businesses-that-complete-customs-declarations
 

Trade with non-EU countries at the end of Transition.

the UK is pursuing its own independent trade policy, having left the EU, including the Single Market and Customs Union (in the case of GB, at least). The UK had signed, in principle a new free trade agreement with Japan which, though not a like-for-like replacement of the EU-Japan FTA which came into force in February 2019, it is largely based on its provisions. This will come into force for the UK once we leave the Transition Period. The removal of tariffs as part of the agreement was destined to take many years, with full application of a tariff-free agreement for seafood not expected until 2033, it is understood that the UK-Japan agreement replicated the EU-Japan agreement with regard to seafood tariffs.

the UK was also now in trade negotiations with the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and seeking accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). This agreement includes countries like Mexico, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Canada and is the third largest free trade area under an overarching agreement in the world. RL also added that the UK was additionally in bilateral negotiations to try to replicate as far as possible EU agreements with the likes of Canada, Mexico and Vietnam. RL went on to confirm that trade agreements with two of the three EEA-EFTA countries (Iceland and Norway), as well as agreements with Turkey and a number of countries in the Western Balkans, were still under negotiation, while a trade and cooperation agreement with Ukraine has actually been announced earlier in the day. RD confirmed that Ukraine was one of the main export markets for Scottish mackerel.  

Negotiations with Iceland and Norway are closely linked to the negotiations with the EU before adding that rollover trade agreements had already been negotiated and agreed with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Faroe Islands and various North African and Middle Eastern countries. RL confirmed that, in total, there were about 19 finalised rolled over agreements with about 18 others that are still being negotiated but with no guarantees that these will be finalised by the end of the Transition Period.

sometimes there is a lack of clarity on the practical implications of agreements either being signed or lapsing but that DIT has improved their reporting of details on their website recently. Without an agreement, it should be expected by companies that WTO Rules would underpin the trade relationships in question and that Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariffs would apply.
  
Information on UK trade agreements with non-EU countries – this information is available here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-trade-agreements-with-non-eu-countries ; https://www.gov.uk/government/news/negotiations-on-the-uks-future-trading-relationship-with-the-australia-update ;
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/negotiations-on-the-uks-future-trading-relationship-with-new-zealand-update ;
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/negotiations-on-the-uks-future-trading-relationship-with-the-us-update–3 ;
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-takes-major-step-towards-membership-of-trans-pacific-free-trade-area

Tariffs:
Companies need to familiarise themselves with databases and commodity codes covering tariffs if they haven’t already, and likewise any Rules of Origin that may apply in any new trade agreements, either with the EU or other blocs or countries. These are important both for the purposes of exporting and importing.

Information on tariff databases – this information is available here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-tariffs-from-1-january-2021 ;
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/finding-commodity-codes-for-imports-or-exports ;
https://www.gov.uk/topic/business-tax/import-export ;
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rules-of-origin ;
https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff ;
https://madb.europa.eu/madb/indexPubli.htm

Operation Brock
 
What UK Government proposed in their Consultation
 
We outlined that there may be a need for a contingency plan which would provide certain commodities the opportunity to bypass part of the Operation Brock system if queues build up.
We set out the government’s view that prioritisation of goods would be justifiable if 2 or more of the following criteria were met:

  • the goods are highly perishable and will lose most of, or all their value, within 5 days or less (for example, without additional refrigeration, freezing or other intervention, which would not be possible)
  • the ‘perishable’ goods concerned are live animals and would give rise to animal welfare concerns if not moved in a timely manner
  • delays to the goods would give rise to a disproportionate economic impact on a geographical area of the UK

Based upon the criteria above, the government identified 2 sectors where a contingency to prioritise goods would be justifiable. These were single loads of live or fresh seafood products for human consumption, or of day-old chicks. These products are highly perishable and are highly dependent upon being exported through the Short Straits (as the most efficient route to the EU market, or as transit for onward movement to third countries) in a timely and financially viable fashion. DOCs are live animals and must arrive at their destination within 72 hours of hatching, to ensure compliance with animal health legislation. They cannot be fed in their vehicle and delays risk dehydration and mortality.

Government response
The overall response to the proposed contingency arrangements for prioritising these goods was positive, so we’ll be taking forward our proposals.
Defra estimates that on average about 70 HCVs a day would be carrying live or fresh seafood products or DOCs. In the context of the overall volumes of vehicles using the Short Straits, we consider that this is a small enough number to accommodate such arrangements. A specific route for the prioritised vehicles has been agreed with the KRF, with use of the contraflow past the Operation Brock queues by outbound HCVs conditional on having a ‘priority goods permit’. Using the contraflow without the requisite permit could see the HCV driver stopped and fined.
In summary, implementation of a prioritisation approach will work as follows:

  • a driver of a prioritised HCV would need to obtain a valid KAP from the ‘Check an HGV’ service
  • they would then be instructed to travel to a Prioritisation Control Site (PCS) where the presence of a valid KAP would be confirmed. If they do not have a valid KAP, they’d be liable to be issued with an FPN and fine. Further guidance on the location of the PCS and the instructions on when the site is in use will be confirmed shortly
  • if the ‘Check an HGV’ service were unavailable, a manual border readiness check would also be conducted at the PCS
  • an HCV carrying prioritised exports that was deemed to be border ready and with a valid KAP, will be issued with a physical Priority Goods Permit and 2 retro-reflective stickers (one to be displayed at the front and back of the vehicle), and would be allowed to proceed down the priority route to the border, using the contraflow to bypass the Operation Brock queues

To reduce the risk of abuse, document checks and some spot checks (that is, physical inspections of the cargo of the HCV) would be conducted at the PCS to ensure the load is as stated, and qualifies for prioritisation.
Those found to be abusing the system, that is, not carrying only priority goods, would be issued a £300 fine and instructed, if in possession of a valid KAP, to proceed via the normal, prescribed route, joining any queues that have formed
No further commodities have been deemed to meet the criteria for prioritisation for the purpose of this contingency plan
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/enforcing-operation-brock-plans-in-2021/outcome/enforcing-operation-brock-in-2021-government-response-to-consultation-on-proposed-legislative-amendments
 
 
Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Final Report on UK Shortage Occupation List (SOL) – recommendations to UK Govt, the MAC’s recommendations relevant to the seafood sector are:

  • The MAC recommends partially adding SOC code 5119 (agricultural and fishing trades n.e.c.) to the UK SOL only for those in the fishing industry.

This occupation is ranked low on the RQF3-5 shortage indicators and the vacancy to employee ratio is well below the median for eligible occupations.
However, stakeholders in the fishing industry have stated their concerns and there is evidence to suggest a UK-wide shortage in this part of the occupation.
Job roles including ‘captain’, ‘skipper’ and ‘fisherman’ are classified under SOC 5119.

  • The MAC recommends classifying ‘deckhands on large fishing vessels (9 metres and above)’ under SOC code 9119 as RQF3 and therefore to be eligible for the Skilled Worker route.

For this job title, they recommend including a requirement for the applicant to have at least three years full time experience using their skills.
The MAC said they recognise that there may be operational challenges given the rules on operating inside compared to outside territorial waters, which the Home Office will want to consider. Other relevant roles under code 9119 (including fish husbandry in the aquaculture sector) are not recommended for classifying/upgrading to RQF3.

  • All jobs in occupation code 2112 (biological scientists and biochemists – includes broodstock geneticists) are recommended to go on UK SOL (relevant to aquaculture).
  • The MAC does not recommend adding SOC Code 5433 (fishmongers, fish processors and poultry dressers) to the UK SOL but does recommend inclusion to the NI-only SOL.
  • The MAC does not recommend adding SOC code 4134 (transport and distribution clerks and assistants) to the UK SOL.

The online job posts to employee ratio is above the median, however, the occupation ranks low by RQF3-5 shortage indicator rank and pay growth has been negative (2016-2019). Although some stakeholder evidence highlighting difficulties was received, on balance there was not enough evidence in the MAC’s view to indicate a UK-wide shortage.

  • It is unclear/not explicit but SOC Code 8211 (drivers of large goods vehicles) does not appear to be recommended for classifying/upgrading to RQF3 and thus is not eligible for inclusion on the UK SOL.
  • Occupations below RQF3 have never been eligible for the current Tier 2 (General) route and will not be eligible for the new Skilled Worker route.

The report is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/922019/SOL_2020_Report_Final.pdf

 

13th October

Government publishes updated GB-EU border operating model
On Thursday 8 October the Government published an updated Border Operating Model, which provides further detail on how the GB-EU border will work and the actions that traders, hauliers and passengers need to take. 

The updated GB-EU Border Operating Model:

  • Maps out the intended locations of inland border infrastructure. The sites will provide additional capacity to carry out checks on freight.
  • Announces that passports will be required for entry into the UK from October 2021 as the Government phases out the use of EU, EEA and Swiss national identity cards.
  • Confirms, after extensive engagement with industry, that a Kent Access Permit will be mandatory for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes using the short strait channel crossings in Kent. The easy-to-use ‘Check an HGV’ service will allow hauliers to check if they have the correct customs documentation and obtain a Kent Access Permit.

Exports of seafood to the EU
Exporters are encouraged to take three simple steps:

  1. Go online and apply for a GB EORI number (a number which helps customs identify their goods). You will need this to trade with the EU after 31 December 2020.
  2. Decide how you want to fulfil new customs requirements – some businesses will do this themselves; many will want to use a customs agent or intermediary and should identify one now.
  3. Talk to businesses in the EU you trade with to ensure they are familiar with the new import requirements from the end of the transition period.

Details of the specific requirements for exporting fish and shellfish are provided from page 167 of the Border Operating model.

Imports of seafood from the EU
The UK Government has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021to give industry extra time to make necessary arrangements.

The stages are:

1. From January 2021: Most imports of marine caught fish and some shellfish will need to be accompanied by a Catch Certificate (and other relevant IUU documents as required).EU-registered fishing vessels intending to land their catch directly into GB must land into an appropriately designated port in line with IUU fishing rules and the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) convention.

2. From April 2021: there will be new requirements for fishery products for human consumption to be accompanied by an EHC. There will also be new requirements for importers to submit prenotifications for fishery products via IPAFFS in advance of the goods’ arrival

3. From July 2021: Commodities subject to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls, these must arrive at an established point of entry with an appropriate BCP.
Further details of the import requirements for seafood are on pages 61, 94 and 123 of the Border Operating Model.

EHC Online registration now open
From 1 January 2021 all exports of fish and seafood, including aquaculture products, except direct landings of fish from UK-flagged fishing vessels to the EU will require an Export Health Certificate (EHC). Exporters can apply for EHCs online and can register for the online service before their first application is made. You can prepare now by registering via gov.uk. Guidance is available on how to get an EHC and when is the right time to apply here. You can also view examples of EU EHCs on Defra’s Form Finder

Protecting food and drink names from 1 January 2021 – new UK GI logos
On 28 September the new UK GI logos were made available to download on GOV.UK. These logos, and the rules for using them, were shared with GI producers, retailers and enforcement bodies via email. The GIs policy team will be hosting an online teach-in session on the new UK GI schemes. Please contact the team at protectedfoodnames@defra.gov.uk if you would like to attend.

Funding Support for Remote Training in Scotland’s Seafood Industry 
There is still a very limited amount of funding support available for seafood companies to undertake training. Full details of the courses can be found here

Production Staff Wanted
There is a growing number of companies throughout Scotland making contact with vacancies within their operations. If any companies are making redundancies or knows of anyone looking for employment can they please contact enquiries@seafoodscotland.org

30th September

Last week we highlighted the very first step companies should be doing if they haven’t already done so is the Check, Change, Go survey here which will highlight any gaps in your preparations. Hopefully you have already done this.

DEFRA have organised a series of webinars to assist you with your preparations for the end of the transition period. The webinars are scheduled take place throughout October and November and will provide key information to enable you to continue exporting your products from Great Britain to the European Union. To register for these webinars it is done through zoom and I cannot link the register address onto this newsletter. If you are interested in any of the events below please let me know and I will send you the link details by email – apologies.

 Exporting Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from Great Britain to the European Union

Thursday 15 October 2020 10:30am -12:00pm

This session will cover:
• The steps businesses need to follow to export products of animal origin from Great Britain (GB) to the European Union (EU)
• The preparation steps that can be taken before the 31 December 2020
• Information on guidance documentation and links for further information
• Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts

Exporting Fish and Fishery Products from Great Britain to the European Union

Monday 19 October 2020 10:30am -12:00pm

This session will cover:
• The steps businesses need to follow to export fish and fishery products from Great Britain (GB) to the European Union (EU)
• The preparation steps that can be taken before the 31 December 2020
• Information on guidance documentation and links for further information • Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts 

Export Health Certificate requirements from 1 January 2021 – Live Animals / Live Stock

Thursday 22 October 2020 09:30am – 11:00am

This session will cover:
• What are Export Health Certificates (EHC)?
• Why do I need an and how do I obtain one?
• EHC online service – registration and demonstration of system
• Role of a Certifying Officer
• Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts Note: In this session a live animals or livestock EHC will be used as an example for the online system demonstration

Export Health Certificate requirements from 1 January 2021 – Fish

Monday 9 November 2020 09:30am – 11:00am

This session will cover:
• What are Export Health Certificates (EHC)?
• Why do I need an EHC and how do I obtain one?
• EHC online service – registration and demonstration of system
• Role of a Certifying Officer
• Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts Note: In this session a fish EHC will be used as an example for the online system demonstration

Exporting Marketing Standards / Labelling / Health ID Marks from Great Britain to the European Union

Tuesday 3 November 2020 11:30am – 12:30pm

This session will cover:
• Understand marketing standards for your goods
• How you need to label your good to export to the European Union (EU)
• What health ID marks are available and how to use them for good you export to the EU
• Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts 
 

EMPLOYING TALENT FROM EUROPE AND BEYOND Webinar:
What’s changing in Jan 2021 and how this impacts current Tier 2 licence holders

14th October 10-11am 

What’s changing in January 2021 and how this impacts current Tier 2 licence holders For Scottish employers faced with skills shortages in the domestic labour market, recruiting talent from overseas is often critical to the growth of the business. With the imminent changes to the UK immigration system as a result of Brexit, the aim of this webinar is to inform companies who already have a sponsor licence on what is changing once free movement of people ends. This 60 minute webinar is aimed at Scottish based SMEs. The webinar will be led by TalentScotland and supported by their immigration specialists Brodies LLP and will cover: • Overview of the new UK immigration system • Who is exempt from sponsorship • What you can do to prepare now • Potential Costs and time associated with this • Brief overview of Tier 2 sponsorship duties • Outline of support available through TalentScotland

Register here.

 

Brexit Information Hub

Guidance on the Marine Scotland website
 
Marine Scotland produced guidance material on international trade in 2019, preparatory to a potential no-deal Brexit – guidance. We would urge you to visit this website in the first instance, and consider downloading the guidance leaflets and following up the links that would be relevant to your business.
 
Preparing for Brexit on Scottish Government website
 
For additional comprehensive guidance from the Scottish Government, please visit this website: preparing for Brexit.
 
Fishing Vessel Registration and Inspection by LA’s – URGENT
 
Marine Scotland believes there is now good industry knowledge about the requirement for all vessels intending to put their catch into an export supply chain to be a registered food business. This requires an inspection, which will be undertaken by Local Authority officials. Food Standards Scotland has been leading this initiative, and details can be found here: guidance.
 
Listed Food Businesses
 
Although this topic will potentially be covered in some of the other guidance referred to in this paper, please also see: guidance.
 
UK Transition website
 
As a general portal to all things related to the end of the transition period, the UK government has launched its Transition website.
 
The Border Operating Model
 
Much of the information you will need to trade with EU Member States, whether as an importer or an exporter, is contained within the recently published Border Operating Model. This is an extensive document, and much of it is not relevant to the seafood sector. Nevertheless, some of the generic guidance to importers and exporters is valuable, and there are specific sections related to seafood sector trade. Webinars are available. Importers should note the UK government’s proposal to phase the requirements for imports over the first six months of 2021. In addition, there is a UK government consultation for 2025.
 
 
How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021
 
HM Revenue and Customs put this guidance material online on the 13th of July.
 
Export Health Certificates
 
Seafood sector exporters will be aware of the need for Export Health Certificates after the end of the transition period, and this topic is covered in some of the other guidance referred to in this paper.  There is a lot of useful information contained within the following webpages. In addition you can search for available certificates. SG and FSS are proposing FSS leads on EHC provision at a minimum of two key logistics hubs in Scotland, which will operate a ‘groupage’ system to help food business export effectively and efficiently after the EU-exit transition period. More information will shortly be communicated, and will be available through the Brexit section of the FSS website: https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/about-us/brexit
 
Marine and Fisheries Compliance
 
Effective monitoring and enforcement of marine and fishing laws is vital if we are to protect Scotland’s valuable marine areas and fisheries. It is important that these are protected by detecting breaches of fisheries regulations by monitoring and inspection at sea and in ports, and then reporting as appropriate to the prosecuting authorities, and by providing intelligence on fishing activity in the sea areas around Scotland. Comprehensive guidance on all relevant issues, and particularly Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and Catch Certificates can be found here: guidance.
 
The Northern Ireland Protocol
 
The UK government recently published first a ‘command paper’ on the NI border, then the NI Business Guidance, which is intended to outline some of the requirements for the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The guidance includes a section on moving consignments of fish from GB to NI, and for GB vessels landing fish directly into NI. Other aspects of the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol are still subject to the outcome of negotiations. The working assumption is that Export Health Certificates (EHCs) will be required for trade in products of animal origin between GB and NI. Further guidance will be issued in due course.
 
MMO survey
 
The Marine Management Organisation has just launched a survey with registered users of the Catch Certificate system. MMO is only going to contact its English registered users, but there is an expectation that Scottish registered users should also get involved in the survey – and we would urge you to do so. The link to the survey is here.
 
 
Seafish Guidance
 
Seafish has produced guidance that will help prepare seafood businesses for the end of the transition period. It focusses on the day-to-day scenarios likely to be encountered. This includes food safety, traceability and trade, but does not cover issues arising from the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
 
Seafood Scotland Guidance
 
As Seafood Scotland notes “In light of the imminent departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, it is essential that actions are taken by the Seafood industry to ensure continued success, deal or no deal”. The website contains helpful information and links.

22nd September

As we know we are coming to the end of the transition period and come the 1st January we will become an independent coastal state. A lot of information is in the public domain and a lot of organisations are issuing guidance. Seafood Scotland has set up a Brexit Working Group and will work through the key issues with stakeholders and provide all the information you require to continue to trade on the 1st January 2021. Over the coming weeks Seafood Scotland and other key stakeholders will work together to provide easy to follow guidance, webinars and a forum to highlight issues and concerns that are not being addressed or where there is no clear guidance.

In the blue box below you will see the guidance that has been produced by Scottish Government Brexit team for anyone wanting to access further information. We will be breaking this information down over the coming weeks for key subjects.

Last week we highlighted the very first step companies should be doing if they haven’t already done so is the Check, Change, Go survey here which will highlight any gaps in your preparations. Hopefully you have already done this.

DEFRA have organised a series of webinars to assist you with your preparations for the end of the transition period. The webinars are scheduled take place throughout October and November and will provide key information to enable you to continue exporting your products from Great Britain to the European Union. Please see relevant webinar details below

 Exporting Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from Great Britain to the European Union

Thursday 15 October 2020 10:30am -12:00pm

This session will cover:
• The steps businesses need to follow to export products of animal origin from Great Britain (GB) to the European Union (EU)
• The preparation steps that can be taken before the 31 December 2020
• Information on guidance documentation and links for further information
• Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts
Register here 

Exporting Fish and Fishery Products from Great Britain to the European Union

Monday 19 October 2020 10:30am -12:00pm

This session will cover:
• The steps businesses need to follow to export fish and fishery products from Great Britain (GB) to the European Union (EU)
• The preparation steps that can be taken before the 31 December 2020
• Information on guidance documentation and links for further information • Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts 
Register here

Export Health Certificate requirements from 1 January 2021 – Live Animals / Live Stock

Thursday 22 October 2020 09:30am – 11:00am

This session will cover:
• What are Export Health Certificates (EHC)?
• Why do I need an and how do I obtain one?
• EHC online service – registration and demonstration of system
• Role of a Certifying Officer
• Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts Note: In this session a live animals or livestock EHC will be used as an example for the online system demonstration
Register here

Export Health Certificate requirements from 1 January 2021 – Fish

Monday 9 November 2020 09:30am – 11:00am

This session will cover:
• What are Export Health Certificates (EHC)?
• Why do I need an EHC and how do I obtain one?
• EHC online service – registration and demonstration of system
• Role of a Certifying Officer
• Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts Note: In this session a fish EHC will be used as an example for the online system demonstration
Register here

Exporting Marketing Standards / Labelling / Health ID Marks from Great Britain to the European Union

Tuesday 3 November 2020 11:30am – 12:30pm

This session will cover:
• Understand marketing standards for your goods
• How you need to label your good to export to the European Union (EU)
• What health ID marks are available and how to use them for good you export to the EU
• Where businesses can get support and advice lines available
• An opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts 
Register here.

 

Brexit Information Hub

Guidance on the Marine Scotland website
 
Marine Scotland produced guidance material on international trade in 2019, preparatory to a potential no-deal Brexit – guidance. We would urge you to visit this website in the first instance, and consider downloading the guidance leaflets and following up the links that would be relevant to your business.
 
Preparing for Brexit on Scottish Government website
 
For additional comprehensive guidance from the Scottish Government, please visit this website: preparing for Brexit.
 
Fishing Vessel Registration and Inspection by LA’s – URGENT
 
Marine Scotland believes there is now good industry knowledge about the requirement for all vessels intending to put their catch into an export supply chain to be a registered food business. This requires an inspection, which will be undertaken by Local Authority officials. Food Standards Scotland has been leading this initiative, and details can be found here: guidance.
 
Listed Food Businesses
 
Although this topic will potentially be covered in some of the other guidance referred to in this paper, please also see: guidance.
 
UK Transition website
 
As a general portal to all things related to the end of the transition period, the UK government has launched its Transition website.
 
The Border Operating Model
 
Much of the information you will need to trade with EU Member States, whether as an importer or an exporter, is contained within the recently published Border Operating Model. This is an extensive document, and much of it is not relevant to the seafood sector. Nevertheless, some of the generic guidance to importers and exporters is valuable, and there are specific sections related to seafood sector trade. Webinars are available. Importers should note the UK government’s proposal to phase the requirements for imports over the first six months of 2021. In addition, there is a UK government consultation for 2025.
 
 
How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021
 
HM Revenue and Customs put this guidance material online on the 13th of July.
 
Export Health Certificates
 
Seafood sector exporters will be aware of the need for Export Health Certificates after the end of the transition period, and this topic is covered in some of the other guidance referred to in this paper.  There is a lot of useful information contained within the following webpages. In addition you can search for available certificates. SG and FSS are proposing FSS leads on EHC provision at a minimum of two key logistics hubs in Scotland, which will operate a ‘groupage’ system to help food business export effectively and efficiently after the EU-exit transition period. More information will shortly be communicated, and will be available through the Brexit section of the FSS website: https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/about-us/brexit
 
Marine and Fisheries Compliance
 
Effective monitoring and enforcement of marine and fishing laws is vital if we are to protect Scotland’s valuable marine areas and fisheries. It is important that these are protected by detecting breaches of fisheries regulations by monitoring and inspection at sea and in ports, and then reporting as appropriate to the prosecuting authorities, and by providing intelligence on fishing activity in the sea areas around Scotland. Comprehensive guidance on all relevant issues, and particularly Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and Catch Certificates can be found here: guidance.
 
The Northern Ireland Protocol
 
The UK government recently published first a ‘command paper’ on the NI border, then the NI Business Guidance, which is intended to outline some of the requirements for the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The guidance includes a section on moving consignments of fish from GB to NI, and for GB vessels landing fish directly into NI. Other aspects of the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol are still subject to the outcome of negotiations. The working assumption is that Export Health Certificates (EHCs) will be required for trade in products of animal origin between GB and NI. Further guidance will be issued in due course.
 
MMO survey
 
The Marine Management Organisation has just launched a survey with registered users of the Catch Certificate system. MMO is only going to contact its English registered users, but there is an expectation that Scottish registered users should also get involved in the survey – and we would urge you to do so. The link to the survey is here.
 
 
Seafish Guidance
 
Seafish has produced guidance that will help prepare seafood businesses for the end of the transition period. It focusses on the day-to-day scenarios likely to be encountered. This includes food safety, traceability and trade, but does not cover issues arising from the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
 
Seafood Scotland Guidance
 
As Seafood Scotland notes “In light of the imminent departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, it is essential that actions are taken by the Seafood industry to ensure continued success, deal or no deal”. The website contains helpful information and links.
 

15th September

Guidance on the Marine Scotland website
 
Marine Scotland produced guidance material on international trade in 2019, preparatory to a potential no-deal Brexit – guidance. We would urge you to visit this website in the first instance, and consider downloading the guidance leaflets and following up the links that would be relevant to your business.
 
Preparing for Brexit on Scottish Government website
 
For additional comprehensive guidance from the Scottish Government, please visit this website: preparing for Brexit.
 
Fishing Vessel Registration and Inspection by LA’s – URGENT
 
Marine Scotland believes there is now good industry knowledge about the requirement for all vessels intending to put their catch into an export supply chain to be a registered food business. This requires an inspection, which will be undertaken by Local Authority officials. Food Standards Scotland has been leading this initiative, and details can be found here: guidance.
 
Listed Food Businesses
 
Although this topic will potentially be covered in some of the other guidance referred to in this paper, please also see: guidance.
 
UK Transition website
 
As a general portal to all things related to the end of the transition period, the UK government has launched its Transition website.
 
The Border Operating Model
 
Much of the information you will need to trade with EU Member States, whether as an importer or an exporter, is contained within the recently published Border Operating Model. This is an extensive document, and much of it is not relevant to the seafood sector. Nevertheless, some of the generic guidance to importers and exporters is valuable, and there are specific sections related to seafood sector trade. Webinars are available. Importers should note the UK government’s proposal to phase the requirements for imports over the first six months of 2021. In addition, there is a UK government consultation for 2025.
 
 
How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021
 
HM Revenue and Customs put this guidance material online on the 13th of July.
 
Export Health Certificates
 
Seafood sector exporters will be aware of the need for Export Health Certificates after the end of the transition period, and this topic is covered in some of the other guidance referred to in this paper.  There is a lot of useful information contained within the following webpages. In addition you can search for available certificates. SG and FSS are proposing FSS leads on EHC provision at a minimum of two key logistics hubs in Scotland, which will operate a ‘groupage’ system to help food business export effectively and efficiently after the EU-exit transition period. More information will shortly be communicated, and will be available through the Brexit section of the FSS website: https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/about-us/brexit
 
Marine and Fisheries Compliance
 
Effective monitoring and enforcement of marine and fishing laws is vital if we are to protect Scotland’s valuable marine areas and fisheries. It is important that these are protected by detecting breaches of fisheries regulations by monitoring and inspection at sea and in ports, and then reporting as appropriate to the prosecuting authorities, and by providing intelligence on fishing activity in the sea areas around Scotland. Comprehensive guidance on all relevant issues, and particularly Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and Catch Certificates can be found here: guidance.
 
The Northern Ireland Protocol
 
The UK government recently published first a ‘command paper’ on the NI border, then the NI Business Guidance, which is intended to outline some of the requirements for the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The guidance includes a section on moving consignments of fish from GB to NI, and for GB vessels landing fish directly into NI. Other aspects of the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol are still subject to the outcome of negotiations. The working assumption is that Export Health Certificates (EHCs) will be required for trade in products of animal origin between GB and NI. Further guidance will be issued in due course.
 
MMO survey
 
The Marine Management Organisation has just launched a survey with registered users of the Catch Certificate system. MMO is only going to contact its English registered users, but there is an expectation that Scottish registered users should also get involved in the survey – and we would urge you to do so. The link to the survey is here.
 
 
Seafish Guidance
 
Seafish has produced guidance that will help prepare seafood businesses for the end of the transition period. It focusses on the day-to-day scenarios likely to be encountered. This includes food safety, traceability and trade, but does not cover issues arising from the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
 
Seafood Scotland Guidance
 
As Seafood Scotland notes “In light of the imminent departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, it is essential that actions are taken by the Seafood industry to ensure continued success, deal or no deal”. The website contains helpful information and links.









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