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Falklands' seafood industry concerned with Brexit outcome and likely imposition of EU tariffs

Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 09:30 UTC
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The Executive Secretary of the Falklands Islands Fishing Companies Association FIFCA, James Bates would like to issue the following press statement. Read full article

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  • Think

    Just three words...:

    Megalomanic siege mentality...

    Capisce...?

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 08:27 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Billy Hayes

    This is the problem of being 2800 souls cornered in a outdated conflict. Covid and brexit are showing how fragile is status quo and how dependant are those 2800 with the colonial masters.

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 09:34 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • kelperabout

    It is not the end of the world. We have had it very good for a long time and now all one has to do is tighten the belt.
    Other markets will present themselves it is the way of the trading industry.
    We see high street shops in UK collapsing and new ones emerging.
    The problem is most got into bed with the EU and did very well.
    Now it is time to find another bed to get into.
    The EU will likely offer a new deal to the islands after Brexit because now they cannot easily fish in UK waters they will need to find other markets as well.
    Dont think we need to panic at the moment. It's a price increase that will be absorbed eventually by the end user you can bet on that.
    We are very lucky we have no vat charges here in the islands.
    Up and onwards I say.
    Some will maybe fold but others will fill the gap.

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 10:40 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    Really now..., Kelpers...!

    Article states..., for example..:
    ***“We believe the personal involvement of the Prime Minister is necessary at this late stage...”***
    Or...:
    ***“ The UK Government could simply request talks focused on the Falklands trade issues”***...

    I say...:
    - Don't you Kelpers THINK that poor little Engrishman Boris has enough with the ongoing Covid-19-Pandemic..., No-Deal-Brexit..., Scottish-Indy-Ref-2.0... and the upcoming Cod-War-2.0... (This time..., to be fought (and lost)..., not against my Lilliputean Giant Icelandic brothers..., but against Portugal..., Spain..., France..., Belgium..., Netherlands..., Germany..., Denmark and Norway...)
    - You Kelpers better tighten your belts and use your “Emergency Fund” monies sensibly for the coming next many years...

    Capisce...?

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 10:51 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Dirk Dikkler

    @“Think & Billy”, Don`t Worry your Pretty Little Heads My Dears it will all Work out in the End and the Islanders will Once again Prevail over this Very Minor Issue !!

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 11:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    BTW..., Kelpers and other Anglos reading this...

    Article says...:
    ***“Our Seafood Industry faces tariffs of between six and eighteen percent in a few weeks’ time.”***

    I say...:
    Because I have learned to take with a pinch of salt any information provenient from the FIG(leaf) and/or the FIFCA..., I just refreshed my memory by reading the below linked PDF file about “Tariffs on Seafood Imported into the EU”...
    https://www.seafish.org/document/?id=5b34db1a-aac9-492f-8f90-050ec1000c90

    It quite clearly states at table Nr.1 that...:
    ***“Squid, prepared or preserved pays a tariff of 20% ”***

    Capisce...?

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Chicureo

    During the '70s and the '80s the Europeans and North Americans tried to destroy our economy which resulted in minimal impact because we successfully traded our products to other countries.

    In the case of the Falklands Islands — you only have the EU and frankly any taxation games they play — will backfire with reciprocal actions by the UK.

    A perfect analogy is German cars being sold into the UK would suffer horrendously if the Eurocrats play unfair games.

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 01:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh...!
    Shicurèo has just released “THE KRAKEN”..!
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EnuqBgWXYAEgUBm?format=jpg&name=small

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 01:39 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    The USA election has nothing to do with the EU trying to strangle the Falklanders. (Personally, I think they should tell the Eurocrats to piss off...)

    There are so many aspects of your KRAKEN analogy...

    They all start out tiny (like an acorn) and sometimes grow into fearful creatures.

    I've personally observed a 4m squid washed ashore here in Chile and varios reports from several accounts describe how very dangerous they can be in a sudden attack mode.

    The latest indications are that the election dispute may go before the American Supreme Court like it did in 1990. Personally, I conceded my election wagers and paid my bets — but this election still has not been legally ratified.

    In any case — I'm in a delightful mood — I thought the picture was cute.

    ¡Saludos!

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 02:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Shicuréo...
    Are you really serious...?
    ***“The EU trying to strangle the Falklanders”***... ???
    Do you get paid to feed them Kelpers Megalomanic Siege Mentality..., or what...???
    Their Crown decided to abandon the EU and cheat on its agreements & dues to the Club...
    What did them Engrishkelpermen expect...??? Their 30 years pirate joyride has come to an end...

    Capisce...?

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 03:04 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • BrianFI

    Tariffs on squid will be 8%. The 20% tariff is another product. This has already been confirmed. All this is affordable costs can be absorbed. I THINK you should just mind your own business and maybe look at fixing the enormous mess you Argies are in

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 04:40 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    I'm enjoying a late lunch of cold steak sandwich with fresh lemonade, on what is expected to be a warm day — 30°c.

    It's a simple perspective of either extolling globalism or embracing nationalism.

    Frankly the EU is a mess and although I do admire many of their advantages — frankly (in my humble opinion) the UK and the self reliant Falklands are better off negotiating unilaterally as an independent nation.

    I love Europe and most of its nice aspects — but the Eurocrat mentality is insane.

    BrianFI brings up the uncomfortable question about how Argentina is going to renegotiate debt forgiveness with the IMF and how your nation again will figure out how to extend its elaborate Ponzi scheme another decade.

    I have no idea how you get away with not paying back your loans — but you've been successful so far — and I have no sympathy for those still willing to fund your economy.

    ¡Saludos!

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 05:04 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Think

    Any link to that special “EXCLUSIVE EU SQUID TARIFF FOR KELPERS” of yours..., or do we have to take your BrianFI word for it...?

    - Whilst we wait for your kind info..., lets take another look at the other categories in the OFFICIAL EU document I previously linked to..., shall we...?...:

    - Could KELPER SQUID fall into the ***“Fresh cod of the species Gadus Morhua, not fillets or meat pieces”***..., paying a 12% tariff...?
    Naeeeeehhh..., I don't Think so....

    - Could KELPER SQUID fall into the ***“Sardines of the species Sardina Pilchardus, whole, frozen ”***..., paying a 23% tariff...?
    Naeeeeehhh..., I don't Think so....

    - Could KELPER SQUID fall into the ***“Mackerel of the species Scomber Scombrus, whole, frozen ”***..., paying a 0% tariff...?
    Naeeeeehhh..., I don't Think so....

    - Could KELPER SQUID fall into the ***“Alaska Pollock, frozen fillets not for processing ”***..., paying a 13,7% tariff...?
    Naeeeeehhh..., I don't Think so....

    - Could KELPER SQUID fall into the ***“Pangasius, frozen fillets ”***..., paying a 9% tariff...?
    Naeeeeehhh..., I don't Think so....

    - Could KELPER SQUID fall into the ***“Prawns of the genus Penaeus for processing”***..., paying a 12% tariff...?
    Naeeeeehhh..., I don't Think so....

    And finally...:

    - Could KELPER SQUID fall into the ***“Squid, prepared or preserved”***..., paying a 20% tariff...?
    Tjaaaaaaaaa...., this one seems quite right..., don't you Think so...?

    Capisce....?

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 05:26 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • BrianFI

    https://www.trade-tariff.service.gov.uk/commodities/0307433500? 6%. 20% is for a different product, one that has been processed onboard.

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 07:00 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • paulcedron`

    Malvinas islanders get what they deserve

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 07:04 pm - Link - Report abuse -6
  • BrianFI

    https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/measures.jsp?Lang=en&SimDate=20201201&Area=&MeasType=&StartPub=&EndPub=&MeasText=&GoodsText=&op=&Taric=0307433500&search_text=goods&textSearch=&LangDescr=en&OrderNum=&Regulation=&measStartDat=&measEndDat= Again. 6%, this is official, not like your document. I THINK you need to do some more research lol

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 07:10 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Judge Jose

    paulcedron, what the Falkland Islanders deserve is to be left in peace and stop being bullied by Peronists. no such place as Malvinas.

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 07:54 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Think

    BrianFI...
    Well boy..., you are certainly in for a surprise...

    That's what happens when a Neophite dives into the abyssal depths of EU Tariff Regulatives...
    (Many years ago..., one got them send to ones office. Biiig, heavy volumes..., about 7 linear meters of shelf space they occupied..., if I recall correctly...)

    That's why I served you some easily digestible material..., compiled by a serious BRITISH Trade Organization as “Seafish.Org”...

    Try to take another look at my “Seafish.Org” link above..., laddie...:
    - You are incorrectly using the 6% tariff rules of its TABLE 2...:
    *** ”Tariffs applicable to a range of seafood items under the trade agreements negotiated between the EU and the nations of the European Economic Area (EEA) and between the EU and Chile.”***
    (Need I to point out that you Kelpers are NOT ANYMORE in the EU..., you are CERTAINLY NOT in the European Economic Area (EEA) and you are ABSOLUTELY NOT Chile.)

    - You must instead correctly use the 20% tariff rules of its TABLE 1...:
    ***“Full tariffs applicable to a range of seafood items.”***

    Capisce...?

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 09:39 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • BrianFI

    Nope Argie. Loligo comes under the 6%. Maybe read what the EU says. Capisce?

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 10:16 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Think

    I Think We will soon enough see who's right..., right...?
    I reckon PenguinPress wil bring a couple of articles about the issue...
    Chuckle..., chuckle...

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 10:33 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • BrianFI

    The EU literally says 6%. The taric code is exactly the se as used and the species. The 20% is for squid that is processed on the vessel. Loligo is just frozen whole. You clearly don't understand what you are looking at. Capisce?

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 11:14 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Think

    Soon enough..., boy...

    Dec 01st, 2020 - 11:36 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • BrianFI

    Read what the taricc codes say. Processed squid is 20%. Non processed Loligo gahi, the species specifically mentioned, with no trade deal, is 6%

    Dec 02nd, 2020 - 12:00 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Chicureo

    Looks like BrianFI has won the debate with Señor THINK...

    Dec 02nd, 2020 - 12:25 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • paulcedron`

    When you type in the taric code THINK has provided into the EU and UK sites it says its “Cuttlefish balls made of cuttlefish filling, wheat starch, salt, sugar, and compound condiments; Lobster flavoured balls: cuttlefish meat, fish meat and crab meat”. So not what is caught and exported from the Falklands

    This is the official EU site for taric codes, not the limited list Think provided, which even states its just a brief example. https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/measures.jsp?Lang=en&SimDate=20201202&Area=&MeasType=&StartPub=&EndPub=&MeasText=&GoodsText=&op=&Taric=1605540010&search_text=goods&textSearch=&LangDescr=en&OrderNum=&Regulation=&measStartDat=&measEndDat=

    The UK site also says the exact same as the EU site https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/measures.jsp?Lang=en&SimDate=20201202&Area=&MeasType=&StartPub=&EndPub=&MeasText=&GoodsText=&op=&Taric=1605540010&search_text=goods&textSearch=&LangDescr=en&OrderNum=&Regulation=&measStartDat=&measEndDat=

    This is what is caught in the Falklands and sent to the EU. Loligo. 6% with no deal https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/measures.jsp?Lang=en&SimDate=20201202&Area=&MeasType=&StartPub=&EndPub=&MeasText=&GoodsText=&op=&Taric=1605540010&search_text=goods&textSearch=&LangDescr=en&OrderNum=&Regulation=&measStartDat=&measEndDat=

    I THINK you should just admit you had no idea what you were looking at.................. chuckle chuckle.

    Capisce....?

    Dec 02nd, 2020 - 12:53 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Zaczac121

    Think fought valiantly, however he was no match to facts

    Dec 02nd, 2020 - 10:40 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Think

    Woooooow...

    Seems that a completely impartial & unbiased team of recognized international experts in EU Tariffs has been hastily assembled in here at MercoPress and..., after an exhaustive analysis has reached an educated & fair conclusion... (not ;-)))

    - I specially appreciate the rebirth & participation of expert poster “PAULCEDRON” in this select team...
    - Some five years ago..., he was just one of those Anglo Turnips in here posing as an Argie Turnip..., insulting all them Anglos and provoking their “faux - indignation”...
    - I just checked the archives..., and saw that he inter-insulted-acted quite a lot with above posters “SHICURÉO” and “BRIAN F.I.”...
    - Do you remember him..., laddies?

    Anyhow..., he seems to have changed allegiance and today he's kickin' for them Anglos... ;-)))

    In a few weeks time..., in a few weeks time...

    Capisce...?

    Dec 02nd, 2020 - 04:17 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Zaczac121

    Is that all you ever do Think? Attack someone’s character when you are on the back foot? It’s a real low blow to do that my dude, can we just be civilised?

    Dec 02nd, 2020 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh..., memories...:

    “paulcedron
    Jun 06th, 2015
    Chicureo
    “There's a number of experienced Chilean oil workers by the way that are hoping to work on the offshore Falklands rigs.”
    the only thing the chilote workers can do is to work as maids.
    or as ass-lickers like you.”

    “paulcedron
    Jun 12th, 2015
    what happens gorda? are you obsessed with me, you stinky ball of fat?
    not only you are an imbecile fatso with the iq of a dead slug, but also boring to death.
    so try to shut the fuck up, you uncontrollable farter.”

    “brianF.I
    Feb 26th, 2015 - 04:24 pm
    Yes Pauly, I am a squatter, I squatted over your mother and crapped on her because looks and smells like a public loo. Will you please stop existing.”

    “paulcedron
    Feb 26th, 2015 - 04:39 pm
    as i have said before, you can have a general idea of the human quality of the islanders after reading the posts of brainless f.y., conqueror, fatso, and some others.”
    they epitomize the personality of the islanders in the most accurate way.

    Etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc...,etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc...

    Remember...?

    Dec 02nd, 2020 - 06:15 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Terence Hill

    Think
    “Their Crown decided” to exercise a right to withdraw under the Treaty of Lisbon.

    Dec 04th, 2020 - 06:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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