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06.12.2016_EXPORT OF FISHERY PRODUCTS TO EUROPEAN MARKET

One of the missions of Fisheries Department, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism is to significantly increase production in fisheries industry by targeting export markets. The Department of Fisheries therefore provides support and guidance to local companies to ensure compliance and acceptance of their products by the importing countries.

One of the potential markets to be explored is the European Union (EU) market. The initiatives undertaken by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Primary Resources had resulted in the approval to export to EU and the award of EU Numbers by the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante), European Commission to local companies deemed as qualified and approved to export to the EU Markets by the Fisheries Department. The EU approval’s effective entry into force was 5th December 2016.

This is pursuant to the full recognition of the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism as the Competent Authority by the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante), European Commission for exporting aquaculture products from Brunei Darussalam to the countries in the European Union.

Approval for Brunei Darussalam has been published in the DG Sante website https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sanco/traces/output/non_eu_listsPerCountry_en.htm. since 22 November 2016. With the announcement and approval, two shrimp processing plants operating in Tutong Serambangun namely Golden Corporation Sdn Bhd has been given an EU Number which enable these factories to export their products to the European market.

With this development, local entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to penetrate the European market which is estimated to be worth EUR 21 billion a year, which contribute 24% of the global export market for seafood.

The Department of Fisheries will expand the accreditation and the recognition to other fisheries sector in line with the 5-year Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and the Department of Fisheries. Exports of seafood products is estimated to increase by approximately 121% by the year 2020 with an estimated value of over B $ 200 million a year.

Department of Fisheries

Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism

 

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