Bangladesh's shrimps will now enjoy a more convenient access to Europe as the EU relaxes entry regulations for such goods, following a fall in the number of non-compliant consignments, the Daily Star reported.
This development came seven years after Bangladesh was obligated to deliver shrimps together with analytical test results proving that its products did not present a danger to human health. The measure went into effect as a result of residues of veterinary medicinal products and illegal substances being discovered in consignments.
With the EU's ease, exporters are currently not required to attach test reports to shrimp consignments. Tests are conducted at government laboratories to ensure that shrimps are not treated with antibiotics or posing as chemical hazards. Inspections are expected to continue, ensuring shrimps remain safe for human consumption and can be exported to Europe, said SM Amzad Hossain, the president of the Bangladesh Frozen Food Exporters Association.
Hossain noted that the recent EU decision on shrimp exports from Bangladesh will help improve deliveries and prices.
In April, the EU examined Bangladesh's control mechanism against residues and contaminants in shrimps as well as controls on veterinary medicinal products. The regime for aquaculture was found to comply with the EU legislation, according to the EU.
Bangladesh directs close to 70% of its shrimp exports to the EU. For the past 12 months, slow global demand for black tiger shrimps led to losses for local growers and processors, amid adequate supply of vannamei shrimps.
The country's shrimp exports dropped 25% year-on-year between July and November this year, to $206 million, based on data from the Export Promotion Bureau.