TIME FOR ACTION, WARN SEAFOOD PROCESSORS
Time for action, warn seafood processors ahead of first task force meeting. The Scottish Seafood Association has demanded urgent action to end the severe damage being done to businesses exporting to the EU as a result of excessive red tape.
Ahead of the inaugural meeting tomorrow of the Scottish Seafood Exports Task Force, SSA chief executive Jimmy Buchan declared:
“We have had plenty of talking, now is the time for action.
“Processing businesses are on the brink due to the lack of progress that has been made in making the export trail leaner, cheaper and fit for purpose.
“We will judge the task force on the basis of whether it can deliver change that is real and tangible to our members.”
Mr Buchan called for direct engagement with the EU Commission since it is doubly in the EU’s interests to resolve the situation.
“Firstly, there is demand in EU countries for our excellent seafood, so they will want the flow of imports to improve.
“Secondly, when the six-month grace period for EU imports into this country comes to an end, they will desire a system that operates smoothly.
“As seafood exporting businesses, we are interested in resolving the practicalities of this situation and not playing politics – we urgently need those in authority to take the same approach.”