“This additional burden, which in some cases amounts to hundreds of thousands of pounds annually, severely blunts our competitiveness when many small and medium sized businesses are already struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
He appealed to the government to consider subsidising the cost on the basis that “no business should be worst off from Brexit”.
Mr Buchan also called on the government to bring forward in short order a replacement for the EMFF funding scheme in addition to the £100m already promised to support the seafood sector and take advantage of the increase in some fish and shellfish stocks.
“A new and powerful scheme is required to stimulate the capital investment that the processing sector in Scotland requires to secure its place in new markets across the world.
“We are now a direct competitor with Norway and Iceland, and if we are to succeed in the global marketplace we need a transformation in the levels of ambition and financial support from our governments to match, if not better, what happens in those countries.”
Mr Buchan said that as ever the SSA would be willing to work closely with the UK and Scottish governments to transform the sector and create compelling reasons for customers to buy the wonderful seafood harvested and processed from Scottish waters.
Source: Press release – Scottish Seafood Association