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Scots welcome Calais priority plan

[ August 5, 2015   //   ]

The Scottish Government has welcomed a pilot “quick to market” plan to prioritise fresh produce caught up in delays at Calais.

Fisheries and Food Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “The Scottish Government has repeatedly called for action from the outset of this disruption, and so I welcome this move to prioritise key consignments – including fresh produce – through the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover. At last we are seeing common sense prevail and a recognition of the impact on food exporters.
“While it is by no means a solution to the wider and on-going complex situation in Calais, it will be welcomed by Scottish seafood exporters who have seen orders plummet by up to 80 per cent in some categories in recent weeks. These delays at Calais have had a disproportionate and damaging impact on our vital food processing sector.”

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