A shellfish exporter in Boston Harbor has sent its first post-Brexit shipment of cockles to Spain after issuing the first new trade certificates in the city.
Dani Foods, based in the Post of Boston, has received the documents required for export to the European Union from the environmental health officers of the Boston Borough Council.
After Brexit, with the UK no longer part of the Customs Union, shellfish and other fishery products will not be able to enter EU member states without an export health certificate approved and signed by qualified inspectors.
In Boston, the food safety team officials now also act as port health officers.
The aim is to ensure a smooth transition for the city’s fishing fleet with around 26 boats landing cockles, clams and shrimp, as well as mussel processors.
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Miquel Nin i Valles of Dani Foods said: “We process cockles fished across the UK, both canned and fresh. Our main market is Spain.
“Since January 1st, we have faced the challenge of continuing our post-Brexit export activities, and the Boston Borough Council’s environmental health department has been an invaluable help.
“The work and participation of the Ministry of Health officials has been excellent, and the issuing of the relevant export health certificates has been smooth and hassle-free.”
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Tony Gray, environmental health manager, said his team has had a steep learning curve to make sure the change is as seamless as possible.
She said, “This has been a huge challenge, but the team has worked hard to make sure they have the knowledge to issue accurate and timely certificates to our exporters.
“We have prepared very carefully for the switch and the first shipment – live cockles processed at Dani Foods – successfully reached its destination in Spain this week [commencing March 1].
“Certificate requests are now an integral part of our work.
“This has underscored the excellent collaboration and support between environmental health and local businesses in meeting our post-Brexit commitments.”
Councilor Yvonne Stevens, owner of the environmental services portfolio, was pleased that the transition had gone so smoothly.
She said: “We may have a small team here in Boston, but they are brilliant and thanks to their work we have been able to support our local fishing industry through the challenges of Brexit and have a firm footing so that they can continue to supply that.” EU market in the future. “