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Consultation launched on proposed changes to Seafish levy

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Industry body Seafish has launched a formal consultation on proposed changes to the Seafish levy, a fee charged on the first-hand purchases of certain fish and shellfish landed in the UK.

Funded by the levy, Seafish says the changes will enable it to continue to work to support the UK seafood industry and increase its support in the areas that businesses have said are important. 

One of the proposals includes an increase in the current levy which will mean that for around 90% of species the levy rates would increase by 10%. It is also calling for an extension of the levy to include canned, bottled or pouched seafood products containing any levied species. This change is aimed at addressing the current inequity where products manufactured in the UK attract a levy on the raw material used, but equivalent imported products do not.

The Board is also proposing that an annual adjustment is implemented determined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) but capped at 2% per annum.

In addition, it hopes to make administrative improvements in how the levy system operates and in how levy is collected.

For full details of all the proposed changes, click here. The consultation is open until 9th August 2024 and Seafish welcomes feedback via its online survey, which is accessible by clicking here.

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