Ukraine, Norway agree to strengthen controls over fish imports, says Agriculture Ministry
The Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine and the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs of Norway have agreed to strengthen controls over the quality of fish imported to Ukraine from Norway.
According to a ministry press release, in particular, the parties agreed in a month to create a joint group for veterinary controls over these products and exchange visits of experts.
According to Agricultural Policy and Food Minister of Ukraine Mykola Prysiazhniuk, the share of Norway of the structure of fish imports is about 30%.
"Ukraine created favorable conditions for Norwegian importers, in particular it has reduced the cost of customs clearance in recent years. However, we must not forget about the quality of imported fish," the minister said.
According to the ministry, from the beginning of the year three cases of Norwegian fish's non-compliance with Ukrainian bacteriological standards have been recorded.
Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs of Norway Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, in turn, noted Norwegian exporters are interested in the Ukrainian market. According to her, herring and salmon have dominated in supplies to Ukraine in recent years.