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Exporting frozen escolar to Europe

Frozen escolar (Lepiducybium flavobrunneum) is an important species for the EU smoking fish industry. In particular the fish is processed into smoked fish in Germany. The high fat content in this deep sea species makes it a tasteful and unique product. The best prospects in Europe are seafood traders that cover large parts of the European market. Several of these traders are located in the Netherlands and Germany.

Exporting bivalves to Europe

The European bivalves market is a very broad market covering mussels, oysters, scallops, and clams. Although with the exception of scallops all bivalves are produced in Europe, the European market definitely offers opportunities to bivalves from outside Europe. France, Belgium and the Netherlands are the largest import markets for scallops and offer good opportunities for the introduction of new, exotic bivalve species.

What competition do you face on the European frozen white fish market?

Owing to a large number of buyers and a large number of comparable products, competitiveness in Europe’s white fish market as a whole is at a high level. However, the long-term increasing demand for white fish species in specific markets may result in increasing global competition for white fish products. This may be to the advantage of exporters from Developing Countries.


What competition do I face on the European frozen tuna market?

In the long term, the increasing scarcity of tuna will be of great importance to the competitive position of frozen tuna suppliers. As there are few substitutes for frozen tuna at present, and given that the demand for frozen tuna products is set to remain strong, overall competition in the market for frozen tuna is expected to increase. It is anticipated that the fishermen supplying the tuna will see their position strengthened.


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.


Through what channels can I get frozen fish and seafood onto the European market?

The two main segments in the European market are retail and food service. In most cases, your trading partner will be an agent or a European importer. The length of supply chains is expected to become shorter in the future. This is because of increasing efficiency, quality requirements and sustainability issues. Owing to this development, it will become easier for you to do business directly with retailers and food service operators.

Exporting pangasius to Germany

Germany is the third largest market for pangasius in the EU. From 2010 onwards, imports have declined and the consumer perception of pangasius has become increasingly negative. This product factsheet provides you with information on product specifications, statistics, trends, market channels and segments, and the competitiveness of pangasius in the German seafood market.

What are the implications of new European seafood policy (CFP, IUU Fishing and GSP)?

In the newsletter, we present the reforms of the CFP, the IUU fishing as well as the GSP that provides preferential access to the EU market for developing countries in a concise way, pointing out main changes and elaborating on the EU policy-making process as well as stakeholders. Against the background of the EU policy reforms under way, we derive implications for developing country exporters and recommendations for actions.

Promising European markets for shrimp products

Europe offers opportunities for exporters of shrimp products. On this page you'll find information that can help you export shrimp products to Europe.

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