With Brexit on the horizon, the British are hoisting fish and chips in Falloland. Shops and snack bars in Great Britain want to make sure that after 1 January they will be able to offer par excellence the national dish, the ingredients for fish and chips. Some fish exporters currently transport 50 percent more fish than normal.
“Customers are obviously hoarding to build up excess stock”, says From Scholten of Fries supplier Avico Omrop in Flevoland. “Volumes from the United Kingdom are actually increasing significantly.” Sholten is not surprised that so much is imported. Apart from higher import duties, there is also a possibility of more delays at the borders from 1 January.
British companies are concerned
Van der Lee sefish in Ur confirms the picture. “Some customers order 25 percent more than normal,” says spokesman Gies van der Lee. According to him, British companies are concerned about what will happen after 1 January and as much material is being stocked as soon as possible. Other fish processing companies in Urk also pay attention to this. Their exports go up by fifty percent.
The British hamster rage is noticeable not only in Flevoland. In recent weeks, long traffic jams have arisen for Kallis, where the goods train departs for England. It is also extremely busy on boat access roads from Hook of Holland to England.
Fish and chips cannot be ignored in British culture. Every town or town has a ‘chip shop’ where snacks can be picked up, usually dripping, greasy newspapers. In total, the British spend 1.2 billion pounds (about 1.3 billion euros) annually on a fried fish and chips. Even the British Queen Elizabeth loves fish and chips. She regularly eats the dish for lunch, recently revealed by her former chef Darren McGrady.
But no matter what the British fish and chips, the fish they are used to, the British depend on Dutch fishermen. Geert Meun of the association of cutter fishermen VisNed says “British fishermen do not catch what they eat and they do not catch what they eat”. “Fish and chips go mainly to cod, which they themselves do not catch there. British fishermen mainly catch Norwegian lobster, flatfish, blue mackerel for export. They depend on Dutch fishermen for what they themselves Eat who do. Cod catching. “
Therefore Moon is confident that the demand for Dutch cod will remain even after 1 January. But it is not clear whether this is good news for fish processing companies. According to Van der Lee in Urak, the British would eventually not eat more or less fish. They expect a decline in exports in January. “The British are only covering themselves for the future.”