Tuesday, 26 January 2021 14:31

Icelandic seafood exporters bypass UK

EM1 20 News Int BrexitIcelandic shipping companies, Eimskip and Samskip, now transport fresh fish to Rotterdam rather than Immingham, close to Grimsby, in the UK, Fiskifrettir reports. Icelandic seafood exporters have had to adapt to the changed situation in the UK following Brexit, where there have been considerable delays and disruptions in the transport of seafood from the UK to the European Union following the UK exit from the European Union at the turn of the year. The Icelandic freight companies have not been spared this and have had to adapt to changing circumstances, especially with regard to seafood that previously has been transported through the UK on its way to the European Union. Until now, fresh fish has been regularly transported to Immingham in the UK, where it was loaded onto trucks and driven to France. According to Björn Einarsson, Eimskip's Director of Sales and Trade Management, customers have stopped using the UK as a transit port for mainland Europe due to delays in the Channel Tunnel and also due to delays in customs matters on the border with France. So fresh fish is going straight to Rotterdam now instead of going through the UK.  He stresses that this has not had any effect on intra-UK deliveries, all of which have proceeded normally. Þórunn Inga Ingjaldsdóttir, director of Samskip's Marketing and Communications department, says it is too early to draw long term conclusions so early in the year. “We had changed our system some time ago to be able to continue serving our customers who are sending to the fish market in Europe," she says. Samskip is emphasizing that the situation is temporary. At least for now.

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