MP calls upon Rishi Sunak to bail out seafood exporters over Brexit delays

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Scottish seafood exporter has had to send ’17 different attachments’ with one consignment.

Press and Journal reports that Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has called on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to step in and support seafood Scottish exporters.

On Monday, it was reported that the 150-year-old salmon smoker John Ross Jr wrote a seething letter to the British Government over delays and new export rules post-Brexit.

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) said that they want both the UK and Scottish Government to liaise closely with hauliers, local authorities and the agencies dealing with the new paperwork to ensure adequate resources are in place.

Carmichael said that he spoke to a local fish trader told him that a “single consignment now has to go with no fewer than 17 attachments” while another lost GBP 50,000 on a single consignment that he had been unable to export.

“What is the Chancellor going to do to offer help to fish exporters during this difficult time – difficult because of Defra’s own rules and procedures?” said the Scottish Lib Dem.

Alistair Carmichael. PHOTO: Wikipedia

In Parliament, Rishi Sunak in response said: “I know Michael Gove (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.ed) is working though individual issues as we look over time to improve processes, and he will also know that we have invested a huge amount of resource in both the IT systems at Defra but also in providing support for those businesses to fill out various forms and meet new procedures.”