FISHING | Brexit makes it cheaper for Ireland to trade with USA than UK

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Brexit has made it cheaper for Ireland to send fish to USA than the UK


FACT BOX: The Republic of Ireland and the UK share a 499 km (310 mile) long land boarder. This is the UK’s only land boarder with an EU country and Ireland’s only land boarder. Northern Ireland was occupied and partitioned from the Republic of Ireland into the UK in 1921.  

Hederman, one of the best known smoked salmon producers in Ireland, which has supplied smoked salmon to the likes of London’s infamous Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, and the Rick Stein Group in the UK, said it may have to scrap UK deliveries completely now if new rules proposed by the UK are brought in at the turn of the year 2021/2022.

Currently Brexit related admin fees, customs charges, taxes, duties and levies mean exporting products over the board to the UK from Ireland costs an extra €23 (£19) per delivery, up from the €25 (£21), a 92% increase.

Companies across Ireland are expecting a 20% fall in sales over the festive period to the UK due to rising costs of export, rising food costs within the UK, wide spread food shortages, high unemployment, high inflation and low wages and newly decreased welfare within the UK.

The cofounders of Hederman explained:

“Deliveries to the US have always cost €35 (£29) [compared with €48 (£40) to the UK now]. So it’s now cheaper for us to send our smoked salmon all the way to America than the UK. 

“There’s also the possibility of new health certification being implemented, which would make shipping to the UK pretty much impossible, because we’d need each order checked before it’s sent. It means we can’t just process orders and send them out on the day – we’d be reliant on the availability of inspectors.”

The new rules regarding individual order inspection would add time and costs as well as storage and holding costs. Increasing costs for the exporters and further driving up already spiralling food prices in the UK.

UNICEF anti-famine troops have been on the ground in London since 2020 handing out emergency food aid to the starving and impoverished children on the UK capital’s streets. In December 2020 UNICEF gave £700k (€820’222) to the UK government to provide food in schools for London’s starving children. That meal for many of the children is their only meal of the day.

As the rest of the world slowly starts to emerge from the COVID19 pandemic and slowly rebuilds the global economy, the UK continues to fall into deeper economic meltdown due to Brexit, isolated, indebted and without strong leadership.


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