Russia: Experts explained the dangers of a ban on fish imports from Japan

Published Oct 17, 2023

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Russia has temporarily banned the import of Japanese aquatic products until Japan provides evidence of their safety and compliance with Eurasian Economic Union requirements. However, the ban is unlikely to have a significant impact on the market as Japan's share in Russian seafood imports is small, with only 192 tons imported in 2022 and 100 tons in the first half of 2023. Alternative supplying countries such as China are already importing large quantities of saury and oysters, eliminating concerns of a shortage in the market.
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According to Rosselkhoznadzor, the restriction came into force on October 16. It will last until Japan provides comprehensive information that proves the safety of aquatic products and their compliance with the requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). In addition, Rosselkhoznadzor itself will analyze the situation. On August 24, Japan began releasing into the Pacific Ocean water accumulated as a result of cooling the reactors of the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, where an accident occurred in 2011. Rosselkhoznadzor reported on September 26 that, based on the results of a study of fish caught near the water discharge site, no violations were identified. Consumers should not worry about a possible shortage of products on the shelves: Japan’s share in Russian seafood imports is microscopic, says German Zverev, president of the All-Russian Association of Fisheries Industry (VARPE). At the end of 2022, the volume of imports amounted to 192 tons of products (0.04% of total ...
Source: RG
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