04/04/2015 10:50 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Brazil lifts import ban on Vietnamese seafood

Hanoi, April 3 (VNA)- The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) has lifted the import ban on Vietnamese tra fish, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Animal Health (DAH).

According to DAH Director Pham Van Dong, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) of Brazil sent Notice No. 038/2015 to MAPA on March 27, asking MAPA to allow the resumption of import of seafood products from Vietnam.

Dong said a number of Vietnamese enterprises are preparing to continue shipping their products to Brazil after the ban is lift.

Previously, MAPA has requested Vietnam to draw out an urgent plan for preventing diseases on tra fish. Immediately after that, DHA sent a letter to MAPA, stating that the requirement was contrary to regulations of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Trade Organisation and those in the sanitary and phytosanitary systems (SPS).

Brazil is an increasingly important market for Vietnamese seafood products, especially as the export of frozen tra fish fillets to major markets such as the European Union, the United States and Japan, are seeing falling demand and exporters are facing tariff and technical barriers.