Shetland fish exports are caught up on the ongoing crisis at the cross Channel ports. Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is today writing to the Scottish Government pressing for concerted action.
The Scottish Government is meeting the seafood industry and hauliers. QA Fish based in Scalloway is one of the local businesses affected, having lost customers in Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Tavish Scott has been finding out what needs to be done to assist Shetland businesses.
Tavish Scott said:
"This cross channel crisis has turned the south of England into a gigantic lorry park. The government needs to make sure products that have a limited shelf life get to the front of the queue. Fish products depend on being fresh, arriving on time and the consistency of service. All these factors are being hit by the crisis.
"The French government believe that the number of migrants wanting to get into the UK will remain high. So they need to have a long term plan to get trade moving. Otherwise our fish exports businesses such as QA Fish, who are very important to the Shetland economy, will be forced to find different routes into continental Europe. Unlike their mainland counterparts, Shetland businesses already have the added time and cost of the 12 hour ferry journey to Aberdeen, therefore it is vital that a solution is found."