The prime minister has promised compensation totalling £23m to fish traders whose exports to the EU have been disrupted through no fault of their own.
James Withers, the chief executive of the Scotland Food and Drink body, who shared the images on social media, said: “What a sad sight. Europe’s biggest fish market in Peterhead like a ghost town. Built to deal with 10,000 boxes a day but with a few hundred.
“Boats tied up, exporters crippled. No Brexit image of lorry queues, it’s the sight of trade that isn’t moving at all.”
Meat exporters to the EU said they were also encountering problems with lengthy new customs and health checks. Additional delays and costs have led to customers cancelling orders and meat having to be destroyed at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Zoe Davis from the National Pig Association told the PoliticsHome website that pig heads, exported from the UK to European buyers for products such as sausages and pâté, had been stuck at Rotterdam for weeks for sanitary checks.