Minister Discusses Fish Exports in Trip to Ukraine
Baltic herring ( Photo: Postimees/Scanpix )
Fish trade was the main topic of discussion during the agriculture minister's visit to Ukraine on Thursday.
Estonia is the third largest fish exporter to Ukraine after Norway and Iceland.
One of the main issues was customs duties, which the Ukrainian Parliament is in the midst of reforming, to the benefit of Estonia.
Currently, customs duties for fish imports to Ukraine are based on a minimum product value. But the new system of calculation will be specific to the country of origin.
“The bill, which will hopefully be approved this spring, will lead to more just and transparent customs duties for fish exported from Estonia - mainly Baltic sprat and Baltic herring. This will foster growth in trading and increase the competitiveness of Estonian fishers on the Ukrainian market,” Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder said in a press release.
Officials also discussed the distribution of fishing quota, data collection and analysis, and the use of resources from the European Fisheries Fund, including in the promotion of fisheries' joint activities.
The minister continues his trip abroad today in Moldova, where one of the topics of conversation will be agricultural aid.