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The UK has left the EU.

There will now be a transition period until 31 December 2020 while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements. During the transition period existing rules and arrangements will remain in place for people and business in the Isle of Man. Until 31 December 2020 businesses that export fish or fishery products to the EU, or fishermen that land their catch directly into EU ports, can continue to trade with the EU as they do now.

The Isle of Man’s relationship with the EU after the transition period will be dependent on the agreement on the future relationship reached between the UK and the EU.

These webpages will be updated throughout the transition period. Use the information below to find out what actions that you and your business can take now to prepare for the end of the transition period and the future relationship.

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IMO Numbers

Owners of Isle of Man registered commercial fishing vessels are reminded that under European Commission (EC) contingency proposals to enable it to grant fishing vessels access to European Union (EU) waters in certain circumstances after Brexit, Manx vessels will be required to be registered with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

As the IMO number is required should any Isle of Man vessels wish to land into EU ports, it is asked that owners inform the Department of their IOM number once registered, which can be done by emailing or calling the Fisheries section on +44 1624 685857. The IMO number may also be shared with the Marine Management Organisation licensing authority.

More information about the requirement for IMO numbers and how to apply to register for a number is available on the website: MMO Press Release: Fishermen urged to be Brexit ready by registering with the IMO


Information for Isle of Man Vessel Owners in the event of a no deal Brexit – If you intend to make a direct landing into an EU country

Isle of Man Buyer and Sellers: If you currently export fish to the EU, you'll need to use the new digital services to create catch certificates and other export documents. Register today to prepare for a no deal Brexit.

Give prior notification to land fish in the EU. In a no-deal Brexit, you’ll need to give prior notification before you land fish directly from your UK flagged vessel in an EU designated port.

The UK have produced guidance on Exporting fish after 1 January 2021.

The UK have produced guidance on exporting animals, animal products, fish and fishery products to the EU after EU Exit.

The UK have developed a checklist for fishermen: Landing fish and fishery products in the EU from 1 January 2021

The UK have developed a flowchart for exporters: How to export wildcaught marine fishery products to the EU from 1 January 2021


The UK have produced guidance on how to Import fish from the EU from 1 January 2021

Business Preparation

The UK Government has prepared general guidance for importing and exporting businesses after 1 January 2021.

The UK government have prepared guidance for business to prepare for EU exit.

The Department for Enterprise has issued a checklist for businesses in preparation for the outcome of Brexit negotiations next year. has compiled a guide for the UK seafood industry on preparing your business for EU exit

UKFAs prepare licensing for commercial fishing in non-UK waters after Brexit
A licensing authority has been set up to ensure UK licenced fishermen have the correct licences to fish legally in line with any negotiated agreements, in non-UK waters.

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