Every two weeks the BFFF attends a Defra Business Readiness Forum. On the last call we were asked to speak on behalf of BFFF members.
Whilst it is only a 5 / 10 minute slot, we were able to get some key messages across about the challenges members still face on Brexit.
We raised the following points:
- The change to import rules from 1st Jan 2022 seemed to go well, despite the initial issues.
- Now hearing of long queues (8 hours)
- Whilst the “work arounds” helped it would have been better if the system had been tested more extensively before going live.
- Please learn this lesson before 1st
- Concerns about 1st July onwards.
- We still do not know which BCPs will deal with which products, this is now very urgent. Or the costs
- Vet capacity still in EU member states.
- Catch certificates for EU caught and landed fish.
- Consistency from Port Health.
- When will new rules come in for ROI.
- Concerns remain on Northern Ireland.
- We have ongoing issues with Exports to the EU.
- Some early issues with new EHC’s (15 Jan) but too early to say how this will settle.
- Commercial samples still complex and costly
- Movement of EU produced POAO back into EU, this includes premises approval.
- Frozen has been less impacted by delays because our products have longer shelf life. However, any delay does cost money.
- One member stated they now avoid Rotterdam as too complex and lack of consistency.
If any member has other concerns, then please reach out to Richard so we can ensure these are fed back into Defra.