The European Union added Georgia to the list of Third Country Establishments that are allowed to export fish and fish products from the Black Sea to the EU market.
The changes were presented at a press conference today by Georgian Minister of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili and Janos Herman, EU Ambassador to Georgia.
According to Minister of Agriculture Davitashvili, the decision from the European Union is a result of the important work from the Georgian side related to the complete overhaul of the veterinary control system.
“Currently, close to 30 million USD worth of exports are being sent to Turkey, which was the sole market for Georgian fish. After today, exports of Georgian products may exceed 500 million USD, as it earns more customers from the European market.
This means that this sector will have more opportunities that will stimulate the development of fishing and the entire fishing industry in Georgia,” Davitashvili noted.
“An important step has been made and important successes already exist. Exports to the European Union will definitely increase. Today we announced the decision from the European Commission which makes it possible for fish exports to enter the European Union market. Georgia has good potential for this. This decision will help Georgia[n] fish become more popular in other markets. We expect to continue cooperation in the future. Discussions are ongoing concerning other products,” Ambassador Janos Herman said at the press conference.
Georgian representatives will review the next step for entering the European Union market, including presenting a list for the European Commission designating the firms that will be allowed to export fish and fish products from the Black Sea to countries in the European Union.
According to a GeoStat publication, the majority of Georgia’s fish exports come from fish-related products rather than solely fish.
Fish Product Exports January-March 2017
Flour or Granulation from fish or meat - 7 million USD
Fats, Materials, and Fish and Aquatic Mammal Products - 5 million USD
Frozen Fish - 0.6 million USD
Fresh Fish - 0.1 million USD