Progress on seafood exports after latest taskforce meeting

David Duguid MP welcomes progress on seafood exports after latest taskforce meeting

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed progress addressing problems with seafood exports after the latest meeting of a national taskforce.

The Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce was updated today on efforts to simplify export procedures, especially around paperwork required by the EU.

The group, which is chaired by Mr Duguid, was told that changes are saving precious time and helping businesses reach their customers more swiftly.

Amber Knight, Business Director of MacNeil Seafoods Ltd, specialists in live seafood exports, presented a report from a sub-group she headed which considered solutions for the sector.

She said

[I] am excited that the taskforce is drilling into the nuts and bolts of what the issues are and asking industry to clearly articulate what the solutions – we know what the challenges are – could look like.

Ms Knight said she was pleased to hear alterations to export systems were trimming the time taken to clear consignments for the journey from Scotland to the Channel.

It’s time that causes the cost with live exports, with produce at ambient temperature. If we can cut time, that will increase the flow of goods. It is absolutely critical as the value of products can deteriorate literally by the minute.

I am delighted that, through the taskforce, the industry is being asked to identify solutions.

David Duguid, Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan, said

Drawing together the officials and ministers from the UK and Scottish Governments with key figures from the industry allows us to crystallise deliverable actions.

The work of the taskforce is to do all we can to smooth the flow of world-class Scottish seafood from our waters to domestic, European and global customers.

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