UK says it can overcome post-Brexit fisheries ‘teething’ problems, minister says By Reuters

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain believes it can solve post-Brexit “initial problems” that have prevented Scottish fishermen from exporting goods to the European Union due to customs delays, said Food and Environment Minister George Eustice . Some EU importers have turned away truckloads of Scottish fish since January 1 after the need for catch certificates, health checks and export declarations meant they had taken too long to arrive, infuriating fishermen facing to financial ruin if trading cannot be resumed. Eustice told parliament that his staff had held meetings with Dutch, French and Irish officials to try to “fix some of these initial problems.” “They are just initial problems,” he said. “When people get used to using the paperwork, the goods will flow.” Eustice said that without a grace period to introduce the rules, the industry had to adapt to them in real time, grappling with questions like what color ink can be used to fill out the forms. He added that while the government was considering compensation for sectors affected by the post-Brexit changes, it was now focusing on fixing the delays for fishermen. Logistics providers, who are now struggling to deliver goods in a timely manner, have said that the switch to life outside the single market and the customs union is much more significant and while delivery times may improve, it will now cost more. and it will take longer to export. To bring fresh produce to EU markets, logistics providers now have to summarize cargo, giving merchandise codes, product types, gross weight, number of boxes and value, as well as other details. Mistakes can mean longer delays, hitting French importers who have also been hit by red tape.

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