The UK government has backed away temporarily from plans to impose a 35 percent tariff on whitefish imports from Russia to give it time to assess the implications on the UK seafood sector.

On March 15, the UK announced a ban on exports to Russia of high-end luxury goods. It also published an initial list of goods worth £900 million (€1.1 billion/$1.2 billion) -- including whitefish -- which it said would face an additional 35 percent tariff on top of current tariffs.