Post-Brexit customs checks holding up seafood exports, industry warns

Customs arrangements in the wake of Brexit are causing delays as “entire trailers” need to be checked rather than samples, members of the Scottish seafood industry have said.

The Scottish Seafood Association, which represents processors, says exports to the EU are already being hit by unnecessary delays.

The industry body says the problem is likely to get worse in the coming days as the pace of trade increases.

Some fishing and seafood companies have complained on social media that the export arrangements are a “shambles”.

Jimmy Buchan, chief executive of the association, said: “Trucks laden with fresh seafood are being held up in central Scotland due to problems with customs barcodes and lack of veterinary service capacity.

“Instead of representative samples being removed from trucks and checked, entire trailers are being emptied so that every box and label can be checked.

“Combined with computer problems on both sides of the

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