Seafood exporters will be required to comply with new food standards regulations from next year. Companies that export fish and other aquaculture products intended for human consumption to the EU must complete an Export Health Certificate (EHC) from January 15, 2022.
Kate Higgins, Nicola Sturgeon’s special advisor on rural affairs, food, islands and transportation, posted the reminder on Twitter.
She wrote: ‘Brexit continues to give our hard-pressed exporters but as a responsible government @Scotsgov is working hard to help them get the message out about the changes and give them time to prepare.
“If you are exporting farmed or caught seafood, please follow the link and share as well.”
The changes mean that seafood must be certified by the EHC rather than a competent food certification officer.
The measures were due to go into effect in August, but have been postponed until the new year.
The UK finally left EU chains in early 2021 and is now being treated as a third country by the bloc.
The EU passed a strong new animal health law in March 2016 and requires countries outside the EU, which seek to do business in the European market, to follow its rules on animal products.
The UK and the EU signed a trade and cooperation agreement on December 24, 2020, and the deal reduced EU fishing quotas in UK waters by 25% over the next five years.
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Paris has repeatedly threatened sanctions against the UK, but backed down earlier this month and agreed to continue talks.
But Olivier Lepretre, president of the organization which represents the interests of fishermen in northern France, warned “that action is imminent”.
Meanwhile, StÃ©phane Fournier, one of dozens of fishermen awaiting a license, has warned British ports and access to EU markets could be denied.
He said: âAll cross-Channel traffic (and) all freight in all ports in France will be blocked.
“Britain wants access to the European market? They should give us the licenses. Otherwise, we will cut them off.”
Downing Street confirmed this afternoon that the UK’s position has not changed.
A spokesperson for the prime minister said: “We will provide additional licenses when the required evidence is provided, we are not negotiating to change this approach.”
Speaking Monday evening, French Europe Minister ClÃ©ment Beaune said he wanted a “constructive solution” but insisted that Paris had “all options on the table”.