Thailand temporarily suspends shrimp imports
The decision was adopted by the Department of Fishery of Thailand to prevent the infectious myonecrosis (IMNV) spread as per the guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health, The Business Standard informed.
The Commercial Section of the Royal Thai Consulate - General has confirmed the suspension of issue of import license for five categories of shrimp: Penaeus esculentus, Fenneropenaeus, Penoeus vannamei, Pernaeus monodon, Penaeus stylirostris.
The measure has raised concern among representatives of the seafood industry.
“Thailand has been a vibrant market with high potential for mutual collaborations in the food processing sector. It is a setback for the seafood industry. It is surprising that the government here is not aware of it”, said Rajen Padhi, director general of Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a seafood consultant.
This decision has come at a time when the European Union (EU), the third largest market of Indian exporters, has flagged off quality issues with India prompting the former to send an audit team to inspect the facilities here.
Last year, the EU had strengthened its inspection norms for aquaculture products sent from India due to antibiotics use in farming shrimp. Earlier, the norm was testing samples from at least 10 per cent of the consignments, which was enhanced to 50 per cent in 2016.
Official statistics reflect that Thailand accounts for about 13 per cent of $1.70 billion exports made to South East Asia. South East Asia has share of about 30 per cent of the $5.7 billion India seafood exports market. ■