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Romanian fish market expands to €350 million

Staff Writer |
In 2016, Romania’s fish sales rose 3% to €350 million thanks to a number of factors, including the rise in domestic demand and the government’s move to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) on fish.

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“There have been some positive developments in Romania’s fish and seafood industry. Romania is not as fond of fish and seafood as Spain, France and Italy which are the European leaders,” Cristian Darmanescu, the chief executive of local fish and seafood distributor Romfood Trading, told local news site

“However, we have reported a noticeable growth in the consumption of fish over the past three years, and this is a good sign.”

According to Darmanescu, the Romanian government’s decision to cut the VAT on various food products, including fish, was one of the most important factors which contributed to the rise in domestic fish consumption.

As of June 1, 2015, the VAT on fish and various other food products was reduced from the previous rate of 24 per cent to 9 per cent.

Romfood Trading markets its output in the Romanian market under the brand of Alfredo Seafood. The company specialises in salmon and tuna, as well as various seafood products, according to data from Romfood Trading.

In addition to Romfood Trading, other major companies active in the country’s fish and seafood industry include Negro 2000, Ocean Fish, Bonito and Peștișorul de Aur (Golden Fish).

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