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Brexit ready workshops. Businesses that trade or process seafood are being urged to attend a series of free workshops to help them prepare for Brexit.

Workshops and training events to ensure seafood traders and processors are business-ready for leaving the EU

Practical sessions on a range of topics will include catch certificates, food labelling requirements and customs procedures

Events will take place across England in September and October

The seafood industry contributes over £1.5billion to the UK economy and to ensure trade continues as seamlessly as possible businesses need to be prepared for the changes that lie ahead.

During September and October, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), in partnership with Seafish and Marine Management Organisation (MMO), is hosting a series of events across England to help seafood traders and processors get ready to do business outside of the EU.

George Eustice, Fisheries Minister, said:

“On 31 October we will leave the EU, becoming an independent coastal state. For the first time in over four decades, we will be able to decide who can fish in our waters and on what terms.

 “The seafood industry contributes over £1.5billion to the UK economy and, as we accelerate preparations to seize the opportunities of Brexit, it’s key that businesses and exporters are ready. I encourage the seafood sector to sign up to these workshops.”  

In the event of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, the UK will become a “third country” and businesses will need to comply with new rules and regulations for trading. The series of workshops will include presentations and practical demonstrations on a range of topics, including catch certificates, Export Health Certificates, customs procedures, food labelling requirements and EU workers.

Any individuals or businesses that are involved in processing and trading fish and seafood with the EU, as well local authorities, are invited to register to one of the six events, which will take place throughout September and October in Plymouth (4 September), Newlyn (5 September), Grimsby (11 September), Scarborough (12 September), Fleetwood (26 September), and London (4 October).

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and attendees will be notified of venue locations closer to the time.

You can register for the events here.  

Similar events will be held across the country to ensure businesses are ready for Brexit.