Fisheries and Brexit Bulletin 30 May 2019

30 May 2019                                                                         Issue 8



Welcome to the eighth edition of the Fisheries and Brexit Bulletin.

There is a continued need for you to prepare your business for Brexit. This bulletin intends to help you better understand the requirements and support available, for you to make the transition.


Fisheries Standard Cost Scheme


In response to feedback the Welsh Government is launching the Standard Costs Scheme. This has been designed as a new simplified process scheme specifically for ‘Health and Safety on Vessels’ and ‘Adding Value and Product Quality to Catches’. This will enable fishermen in Wales access to grant funding more readily by offering a simple online application and pre-determined list of equipment at standardised costs. This will be in addition to existing schemes.

The application window is open for 4 weeks and if you are not already registered with Rural Payments Wales please do so as soon as possible.

To register as a customer please refer to rural-payments-wales-rpw-online and our ‘RPW Online: how to register’ guidance or alternatively, telephone the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 062 5004.

Guidance can be found on the links below

Brexit and Our Seas Consultation

A Welsh Government consultation was launched on 1 May. It aims to help inform future marine and fisheries policy, as the implications of Brexit become clearer. The deadline for comments is 21 August and the document is accessible at

Export Advisory Scheme

We have engaged with consultants Kinetic Cubed to deliver support for exporters. This is free of charge to participant companies and is designed to assist access to EU and EU FTA markets post-Brexit.

If you are an exporter in Wales, support can be accessed on a 1-2-1 basis. If you would like to find out more, please contact Laura Harris at

Export Catch Certificates

The new digital export catch certificate digital system is now live.

Users can now register on the system in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. Once registered, users can generate export catch certificates and other export documentation to become familiar with the system.

Exporter Checklist

In the event of a ‘No-Deal’ EU Exit, the trading landscape may change. We have produced a checklist of things you may wish to consider if exporting to the EU as a Third Country.

This list is meant as a guide only and each exporter would be responsible for ensuring all relevant documentation is in place for each consignment.

Approved Food Establishments

In the event of a ‘No- Deal’, the EU may require that all fishery products being exported from the UK to the EU are dispatched from an Approved Food Establishment. This provides an Oval Identification Mark to go alongside your Export Health Certificate.

UK businesses which currently operate from registered premises and intend to continue to export fishery products to the EU should either:

  • Plan for products to be dispatched from an Approved Food Establishment - for fishery products this could mean selling the goods at a fish market that is an Approved Food Establishment;
  • Start the process of becoming an Approved Food Establishment by contacting your relevant Local Authority. For more information on securing Approved Food Establishment status please contact your local Environmental Health Officer.

Allocation of European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) haulage permits: guidance for hauliers

The UK Government has opened a new application window for operators who use Euro V and VI permits. Operators who applied previously should not apply again.

Other information

Marine and Fisheries

Preparing Wales

The Brexit Portal

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