Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today raised concerns that new trade barriers and checks could make trade between salmon farmers and the EU more challenging. The Government has been urged by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) to remain aligned with the EU after the end of the transition period on 31st December. The SSPO suggested that that if businesses are required to submit Export Health Certificates for all salmon exports it could cost the Scottish salmon industry £8.7 million a year in additional administration costs.
Commenting on the issue, Mr. Carmichael said:
“Salmon farming plays a vital role in the Northern Isles economy. This is particularly true in Shetland which produces around one third of Scottish salmon. When the SSPO raises their concerns about the impact of additional checks on their business, the Government should listen.
“Today the Chancellor offered vague words about the Government’s attention to this issue. The truth though is that this Government is forcing more red tape and more disruption on local producers, who rely on having efficient export and transport links. This flies in the face of what was promised about a future trade deal with the EU.
“We need to support the success of local business exports, not put further barriers in their way. I am calling on the Government to make clear what concrete actions it will take to protect salmon farmers from the damage caused by these extra checks.”