FIJI’S ENTRY TO EUROPE COULD PROVE TOO COSTLY

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FIJI’S ENTRY TO EUROPE COULD PROVE TOO COSTLY Upgrading export equipment appears prohibitive

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, March 17, 2011) – The Fiji Government has finally won approval for its fresh fish certification from the European Union (EU).

Fiji lost access to lucrative European markets in 2007 after the EU deemed the government's oversight of the industry to be inadequate.

The approval raises the possibility of the re-opening of European markets to high-value fresh chilled fish from Fiji.

But industry experts say tough European guidelines may make export too costly.

Grahame Southwick, managing director of Fiji's largest fresh fish exporter, Fiji Fish Company, says the cost of changes needed to vessels, processing facilities and trucks will be enormous.

Mr Southwick says Fiji's fishing industry is still reviewing whether investment in Europe will be a viable option.

 

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