Wednesday, December 12, 2007

EU create higher standard for Indonesian aquaculture and fisheries export products

Indonesian government must reassure higher standards for aquaculture and fisheries product with an export destination to Europe.

27 countries in Europe makes the exporting condition even harder by creating new rules for importing fisheries product to their country. Martani Huseini, the Directorate General for Fish Marketing and Processing in Indonesia said that EU wants a certification of the fisheries and aquaculture products, on the other hand Indonesia does not see to be ready because of limited fish processing facility.

The chemical contents of the fish and other requirements such as traceability conditions (source of fish juvenile, feed used, freshness, water quality) is required. The direct impact is a lot of exporters could not fulfill these requirements. From 200 exporters, only 113 exporters are have the ability to export the product.

The export volume of Indonesia fisheries and aquaculture products has reached 857 782 tonnes with an amount of 1,91 billion USD. Export to EU is around 20% of that amount. Although this condition exists, EU still remain a promising market for the future of Indonesian aquaculture and fisheries.

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