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Seafish launches first-of-its-kind trade and tariff online data tool

New interactive tool gives businesses easy access to UK seafood trade and tariff data for the first time.

Trade body Seafish is launching an online seafood trade and tariff database to assist seafood importers and exporters in the UK as they navigate issues from Brexit and beyond.

The Seafish Trade and Tariff Tool allows users to access historical trade data from 2010 to 2018 and current UK tariff data, giving them an overview of seafood markets. The tool will allow users to drill down into trade by product and country, giving businesses a better understanding of the UK seafood market as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

The data includes weight, value and country by year and can be displayed year by year, allowing businesses to identify trends and opportunities.

The tool contains seafood trade data for human consumption only and is based on HMRC data.

"Until now, businesses have had to get in touch with us or HMRC to ask us to provide this information, which can take time and businesses had to create their own visuals to analyse that data," said Arina Motova, interim chief economist at Seafish.

"Having the data just a few clicks away within a self-service tool means businesses can access whatever information they want in their own time and their own way – from inquiries as specific as the volume and value of import and tariff on frozen warm water shrimp imported to UK from India, for example, to obtaining a more general background picture on export and markets they might be considering entering."

The Seafish Trade and Tariff Tool is available on the Seafish website.

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