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Exporting fish and seafood to Europe

Europe is an interesting market for fish and seafood exporters. Here you'll find the information you need to help you get fish or seafood products on the European market.

Exporting squid and cuttlefish to Europe

Italy and Spain dominate squid and cuttlefish imports in Europe. Frozen squid and cuttlefish is the most traded product type, however import of prepared squid and cuttlefish has been growing the fastest in recent years. Exporters of squid and cuttlefish should target specialised seafood importers who supply to either the food retail channel or food service channel.


Exporting vannamei shrimp to Europe

The whiteleg shrimp, often called Vannamei (Litopanaeus vannamei) is one of the most popular cultured shrimp species in the world. Europe will offer good opportunities to Vannamei shrimp exporters in the next few years as the demand for cheaper shrimps, such as Vannamei shrimps, is expected to increase at the expense of black tiger shrimp imports.


Exporting tilapia to Europe

Although tilapia is one of the most farmed fishes in the world, the EU import value for tilapia has decreased since 2014. In 2013 the EU import value for tilapia was €118 million, which decreased to €96 million in 2017. The four largest EU importers of tilapia are the Netherlands (€16 million), Spain (€13 million), Belgium (€13 million) and Germany (€10 million), which account together for the majority of EU imports of tilapia.


What is the demand for fish and seafood in Europe?

Seafood consumption and production in Europe is relatively stable. The largest seafood consumers live in France, Spain and Italy: the Southern part of Europe. The largest growth market is Eastern Europe where seafood is increasingly accepted by consumers. Spain is the largest importer of seafood from developing countries but countries in Western Europe like the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom are increasingly important partners for exporters from developing countries.

Exporting squid and cuttlefish to the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) is the seventh-largest market for squid and cuttlefish in the EU. In 2013, imports were 13% lower compared to 2012. Catches from the domestic fleet, however, increased by 60%. This product factsheet provides you with information on product specifications, statistics, trends, market channels and segments and competitiveness of squid and cuttlefish in the UK market.

Exporting squid and cuttlefish to Spain

Spain is the largest European market for squid and cuttlefish. This product factsheet provides you with information on product specifications, statistics, trends, market channels and segments, and competitiveness of squid and cuttlefish in the Spanish market. It will also include some broader analysis of the cephalopod market in southern Europe.

Exporting pangasius to the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) is the fifth largest market for pangasius in the EU. In 2013, imports were 15% higher than in 2010, and in the first two months of 2014, imports further increased. This product factsheet provides you with information on product specifications, statistics, trends, market channels and segments, and competitiveness of pangasius in the seafood market of the UK.

Exporting pangasius to Spain

Spain is the largest market for pangasius in Europe. Imports of pangasius declined in 2012 and 2013.. However, in the beginning of 2014, imports rebounded. This product factsheet provides you with information on product specifications, statistics, trends, market channels and segments, and the competitiveness of pangasius in the Spanish seafood market.

What are the prospects for ASC certified pangasius in the European retail and food service sector?

The objective of this market study is to investigate the potential short- and long-term benefits for investors to invest in the production of pangasius with a trademark based on ASC certification, for the retail and food service market segments in the EU market.

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