Exporting fish and seafood to Europe

Europe is a major market for fish and seafood products. But it is not a single market. You can only be successful in Europe if you understand what the different markets need.

COVID-19 affected major seafood-consuming European countries. Restaurants and hotels closed for months. Seafood processing factories reduced their working capacity due to social distancing measures. This affected demand and volumes.

Adapting your business is essential to your success. Sustainability, certification, transparency and origin stories are important.

Read our market information and tips carefully. They can help you export fish and seafood to the European market.

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Doing business and finding buyers in the European fish & seafood market

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Exporting certified sustainable seafood to Europe

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Other sources

Export Value Chain Analysis
Overview of commissioned value chain analyses for the development of business cases

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
Information about the main certification initiative for responsible aquaculture

European Federation of National Organisations of Importers and Exporters of Fish
A list of fish and seafood importers and exporters

ITC Standards Map
Information about voluntary standards for fish and aquaculture

ITC Trade Map
Data about worldwide import and export of fish and seafood

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Information about the main certification initiative for captured products and a list of companies that sell MSC certified products

Seafood importers and Producers Alliance (SIPA)
A list of importers and producers of seafood