Vietnam cannot miss its chance to lift the yellow card for IUU fishing

Updated Oct 2, 2023
In a few days, the European Commission (EC) will arrive in Vietnam to conduct the 4th fact-based inspection to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Vietnam Plus reports this.
Having been making efforts to eliminate restrictions for almost the past 6 years, Vietnam hopes that this will provide an opportunity to lift the “yellow card” that the EU imposed on Vietnamese seafood since October 20, 2017, as fisheries exploitation and management activities in Vietnam are not compliant EU standards. Essentially, the EU regulatory system allows the origin of imported seafood to be identified by classifying countries exporting seafood to the EU according to a system of colored cards, including blue, yellow, red, and, most seriously, trade stop. Due to yellow card restrictions, seafood exports from Vietnam to the EU are subject to 100% pre-inspection. As a result, the cost of exporting seafood to Europe has increased, while quantities have decreased due to longer delivery times. EU IUU regulations require seafood imported into Europe to contain fully traceable information such as: where to fish, when to fish, what type of fishing vessel, what port the fishing ...
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