UK Exit from the EU

Brexit has changed how we trade, fish and work with the EU – and Seafish is providing practical support to help seafood businesses understand the new rules.

The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) came into force at 23:00 on 31 December 2020. The new agreement means there are changes to:

• Trading seafood products between the UK and the EU which will affects customs, tariffs, food safety checks and labelling;

• Fisheries, quotas and how we approach fisheries management;

• Access to people for labour as freedom of movement ends for people coming from the EU to the UK to work;

• Other EU laws and programmes that may affect how we do business with the EU.

For further insight to the UK’s exit from the EU in relation to the seafood industry, please visit

And for an overview of what the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement new rules mean for how the UK will trade seafood with the EU, and how this will affect customs, tariffs, VAT and labelling, visit

Or contact the Seafish

Regulation team on

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