Trade flows in the UK shellfish sector and identification of risks associated with the UK’s departure from the EU

Winter sunrise over Start Point Lighthouse, Devon, UK

The UK’s exit from the EU (Brexit) is anticipated to have significant impacts on the UK’s fisheries industry including the shellfish sector. The aim of the project was to identify the different trade flows in the shellfish sector and specific potential risks to those trade flows under different scenarios arising from the UK’s departure from the EU. It involved analysis of official data and statistics (UK and EU), interviews with 15 shellfish businesses in the shellfish sector, review of literature, identification of tariff rates and trade agreements, assessment of market context, analysis of the potential impacts of Brexit on shellfish trade flows, and reporting. The report is being used to inform Government in future discussions and negotiations.