EU-Vietnam trade deal has seafood exporters alarmed

Seafood exporters are anxious about the EU-Vietnam FTA (absolutely free trade arrangement) that is expected to give Vietnam an export benefit on marine food items solutions vis-à-vis India in accessing EU markets.

EU has entirely eradicated the import tariff on frozen shrimp and other shrimps, marked at four.two per cent below the GSP (Generalized Program of Choices). Other frozen solutions such as skipjack tuna, surumi, and cuttlefish, octopus (ready or preserved) will be entirely eradicated from tariffs, official resources explained, introducing that the import tariff for India for these items ranges from four.two per cent to 18.five per cent.

Staging classification

In addition, Vietnam will be benefited from tariff leisure below the staging classification for some solutions the place India has export probable. This involves crab (ready or preserved), frozen fish, ready or preserved sardines, cuttlefish and squids. In this article, the import tariff for India ranges between two.five per cent and two.eight per cent.

Considering the fact that the arrangement would give improved market access to Vietnam in the EU, resources in the sector advised BusinessLine that an early execution of India-EU FTA is important to assistance the domestic sector.

India exported $900 million really worth seafood to EU in 2018-19 and holds the 3rd placement after the US and Japan. The complete shrimp export in the course of the period of time is to the tune of $four.7 billion.

Alex K Ninan, President, Seafood Exporters Affiliation of India – Kerala region, explained the superior responsibility structure would make Indian seafood solutions uncompetitive in the EU markets and this would replicate in export earnings.

Scarcity of Vannamei shrimp

Meanwhile, seafood exports have began buying up gradually, but the uncooked materials scarcity is posing a challenge. In accordance to Ninan, the scarcity of Vannamei shrimp, the most most popular assortment in the US, has pressured exporters to depend on tiny-sizing shrimps from the standard fishing sector. The trawling ban has also led to a scarcity of export versions such as squid, cuttlefish and octopus.

D Ramaraj, President, All India Shrimp Hatcheries Affiliation, explained that there was some original disruption in Vannamei provide in the course of the lockdown, but it has resumed absolutely by now. The climbing need has pressured farmers to inventory in a major way, which would be harvested in July-August. The existing harvest available is the inventory extra in January-February.

Shaji Little one John of Kings Group explained the overseas need is mainly for retail packs for residence usage rather than institutional packs thanks to the closing down of eateries and dining places in numerous countries amid the Covid threat. Nonetheless, he expressed the hope that fishing holidays and an expected superior monsoon this yr would give a far better catch after the trawling ban on the West Coast.

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