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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.

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.

Which requirements should your product comply with to be allowed on European markets?

As one of the largest markets worldwide, Europe can be an interesting target market for fish and seafood. But first, you must fully understand the European Union’s legal requirements that apply to your fish and seafood products. Understanding is the first thing, after which follows the route towards compliance. Read further to improve your understanding of the legal requirements as well as the additional requirements that European buyers may ask from you.


Exporting pangasius to Europe

Pangasius is one of the most farmed fish in the world, but especially in 2017 the EU import value of pangasius has decreased incredibly. The EU import value decreased from €331 million in 2013 to €245 million in 2017; a loss of more than 25%. All major markets imported less pangasius, with the exception of the UK. The two most important reasons for the general decline are the negative perception of the product among certain buyers and consumers, and the competition with other white fish species, most importantly Alaska pollock and in some markets also cod.

Exporting frozen organic seafood to Europe

Consumption of organic seafood continues to increase year on year, as consumers are increasingly aware about what they eat. Most organic seafood consumed in Europe comes from European farms, from outside Europe it is mainly organic shrimp. New product launches, supportive strategies of the large food retailers, and an on-going trend of increasing awareness among consumers will continue to support market growth in the next years.


Exporting fresh tuna to Europe

Fresh tuna is a high-value product in the European market. Most of the fresh tuna imported is Yellowfin and Albacore tuna. The top three markets are Spain, France and Italy. Growth markets are Portugal, Belgium, United Kingdom and Italy, due to the growing popularity of Sushi in several parts of Europe.


Exporting frozen tuna to Europe

The lion’s share of frozen whole tuna imported into Europe is used for canning, with the balance left for processing into loins or steaks. The most promising markets for frozen tuna in Europe are Spain and France, followed at a distance by Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Germany. As there is growing concern about the sustainability of tuna fisheries, your tuna fishery’s level of sustainability will be the key to the success of your business.


Exporting octopus to Europe

Octopus is mainly consumed in Southern European countries such as Italy and Spain. Europe mostly depends on imports from North African countries such as Morocco and Mauritania and European countries such as Spain and Portugal. The supply of octopus also comes from other countries such as Mexico and Indonesia, although imports from these countries are relatively lower. If you want to export octopus to Europe, the best opportunities are to approach importers in Spain and Italy.


What competition do I face on the European cultured shrimp market?

Shrimp traders have seen their competitive position change frequently in recent years, for several reasons. For example, outbreaks of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) amongst producers of P. vannamei led to supply shortages, high prices and deterioration in the position of traders. In 2015, cases of EMS have started to diminish, prices have returned to normal and even low levels, and the competitive position of shrimp traders is expected to remain relatively stable.


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