Ecuador has secured a significant place in the shrimp market worldwide having a 40 year reputation. (Image: Gob. Ecuador)
Ecuadorian shrimp is closer to entering Brazil
Monday, March 20, 2017, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
Ecuadorian shrimp could soon enter Brazil thanks to the efforts made by the Government and industry to conclude negotiations to open that market.
Members of the Undersecretariat of Aquaculture, the National Fisheries Institute (INP) and representatives of the private shrimp sector have already developed a road map and identified companies interested in commercializing the crustacean in the South American country.
Once the list of companies is completed, an advisory process will be initiated to comply with the sanitary requirements required by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil (MAPA) to authorize the export, said Jorge Romero, undersecretary of Aquaculture.
The negotiation process involves visits of technicians of the sanitary entities of Brazil and of Ecuador to the exporting companies.
"We have set ourselves a fast job, but at the same time an efficient one. We export shrimp to the European market meeting all the demanding sanitary standards and we know that we will make the negotiations with Brazil," the official pointed out.
Romero said that Brazil has already recognized several health issues in Ecuador, through inspections carried out last year by MAPA technicians.
Brazilian businesspeople also visited Ecuador last January to identify potential suppliers.
In Ecuador, shrimp accounts for 2.5 per cent of GDP. Exporting to Brazil means an achievement, since this being the largest market in Latin America, it would allow it to improve the competitiveness of the sector, diversify shrimp export markets, increase production and improve export prices.