Juan Luis Ansoleaga, SERNAPESCA national. (Photo: Sernapesca)
Trade exchange with the Eurasian Economic Union intended to be strengthened
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
A public-private commission from Chile recently travelled to Moscow to strengthen trade exchange with the Eurasian Economic Union (UEEA), comprising Russia, Belarus and Kajazistán.
The mission included delegates from various government agencies and representatives of the agricultural, fisheries and aquaculture business sector, among others.
The public fisheries and aquaculture sector was represented by the national director of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA), Juan Luis Ansoleaga, and the Deputy Director of Foreign Trade, Cecilia Solis.
SalmonChile and SERNAPESCA representatives met with the director of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control (Rosselkhoznadzor) of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, Sergei Dankvert, and with senior officials from the Competent Authority to assess export-related aspects of both fishery and aquaculture products.
Ansoleaga highlighted the work of the Service in the export performance and the need to develop cooperative arrangements for the continuous supply of food based on quality standards of the target markets. Furthermore, he stressed that "the decline in global fisheries has relieved the importance of promoting aquaculture activities," so he offered to share Chilean knowledge and experience in this field with the Russian counterpart.
Solis, meanwhile, said that experts of the Eurasian Union made an inspection visit during the second half of this year. The objective is to evaluate the health monitoring system implemented by SERNAPESCA for fishery product export, according to new rules of this group of countries to improve access to that market.
Besides, she pointed out that a working protocol was signed to establish a mechanism for electronic notification of Chilean products to Russia.
SERNAPESCA delegates also participated in the seminar on "Chile – Russia Trade and Investment Opportunities," in which both government and business representatives exchanged information for the development of trade relations between the two parties.
SERNAPESCA noted that salmon was the second product exported to Russia in 2013, in terms of volume, after processed foods. According to the data from the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP), Chile exported 52,930 tonnes of salmon to the Russian market for USD 287,819 million.