This Thursday, 4 June, Latvian Food and Veterinary Service received an official notification from Russian Federation Veterinary and Phytosanitary Monitoring Service regarding a temporary embargo on exports of Latvian fish products to Russia.
Rosselhoznadzor has established a temporary ban on the entire fish processing industry in Latvia, as reported by FVS.
FVS experts and fish processing industry representatives are currently looking at the contents of the notification.
It is stated in the document that FVS is asked to increase control over companies and later provide the Russian service a detailed report on executed preventive measures and corrections.
Based on the response and corrective activities, Rosselhoznadzor will decide on lifting the temporary embargo.
FVS will organize a meeting with Fish Processing Industry Association fish processing companies in order to decide on a plan of action and necessary corrective measures.
BNN had previously reported that Latvia had exported prepared and preserved fish products in amount of 82.7 million euros or 0.8% of total exports value of Latvia in 2014, which was 2.0 million euros or 2.4% less than in 2013.
Main exports partners were Russia (32.1% of total exports value of prepared and preserved fish products), Lithuania (7.8%), Sweden (6.3%), Germany (5.4%), Azerbaijan (5.1%) and Denmark (4.7%), according to the latest data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
In 2014 dispatches of prepared and preserved fish products to the European Union (EU) countries reached 32.9 million euros or 39.9% of the total exports value of prepared and preserved fish products. Exports to CIS countries comprised 43.3 million euros or 52.4%, but to other countries – 6.4 million euros or 7.7%.
In 2014, out of prepared and preserved fish products mostly sprats were exported – for 46.6 million euros (to Russia – 51.9%, to Ukraine – 5.2%, to Lithuania – 4.7%), mackerels – for 13.6 million euros (to Sweden – 37.4%, to Denmark – 17.6%, to Germany – 10.6%) and herrings – for 5.0 million euros (to Denmark – 14.8%, to Estonia – 14.1%, to Germany – 8.6%).
In Q1 2015 dispatches of prepared and preserved fish products to the EU countries reached 10.7 million euros or 58.9% of the total exports value of prepared and preserved fish products. Exports to CIS countries comprised 5.7 million euros or 31.5%, but to other countries – 1.7 million euros or 9.6%.
In Q1 2015 Latvia exported prepared and preserved fish products to 44 countries worldwide. Main exports partners were Russia (18.6% of total exports value of prepared and preserved fish products), Sweden (13.1%), Denmark (10.8%), Germany (8.1%), Lithuania (7.2%) and Estonia (5.2%).