Scottish fish prices ‘collapsing’ by as much as 80% due to Brexit bureaucracy, industry warns
Exporters are struggling to get their produce across the EU border in time due to additional safety checks and administration
Scottish fish exporters have warned that prices are "collapsing" due to delays shipping goods to the EU after Brexit.
The burden of red tape has led to a backlog of seafood which cannot make it across the border in time to be sold at markets in France and beyond. With limited access to their main customers Scottish fishermen have been faced with a glut of perishable goods.
At the fish market in Peterhead on Monday, prices of some items had plunged as much as 80 per cent below normal levels as sellers sought desperately to offload their catch.
Industry trade body Scotland Food & Drink said that one-third of the Scottish fishing fleet was now tied up in harbour with some boats sailing to Denmark instead of the UK to avoid "Brexit bureaucracy".
Fish landed in Denmark and then transported by road to France and Spain remains within the single market, so avoids customs and food safety checks.