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Russia exported 479 thousand tons of pollock products, which is 12% more than in 2018.

Alaska Pollock local production boost would reduce China offer to other markets

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 07:10 (GMT + 9)

Aleksey Buglak, President of thePollock Catchers Association(PCA), believes that an increase in the production of deep-processed products by domestic seafood producers will reduce the supply of raw materials to China. Thus, Russia's main export competitor will reduce its own production of fillet and minced meat. At the same time, he emphasizes the need for support from the state.

“PCA proposes at the state level to develop and implement a national program to promote and create a competitive image of Russian fish products in world markets. In addition, it is necessary to support manufacturers in obtaining international environmental certification” expressed this opinion in an interview with RIA Novost

According to PCA, in 2018, Russian fishermen produced 1.7 million tons of pollock, the volume of fillet and minced meat from it was 79.4 thousand tons and 13 thousand tons, respectively. 

In the first four months of 2019, according to the Federal Customs Service, Russia exported 479 thousand tons of pollock products, which is 12% more than in 2018.

German Zverev, President of the All-Russian Association of Fisheries Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters (VARPE), is also confident that Russia will be able to squeeze China on the European market. "If Russian fishermen increase the production of deep processing products from pollock to 270 thousand tons per year, they will, firstly, significantly increase the supply of these products to Europe, and, secondly, the development of their own processing in Russia will lead to a decrease in the supply of raw materials to China "- said Zverev.

He noted that the Russian fishermen supply to China precisely the raw material - frozen pollock, from which the Chinese processors produce second-frozen fillets and export to Europe. According to the VARPE, deliveries of Russian pollock to China in 2018 amounted to 510.1 thousand tons, and China in 2018 delivered 160.1 thousand tons of second-frozen fillet to the European Union. "But it is worth considering that the release of quality products alone is not enough, all products must have an eco-certificate. The presence of an eco-certificate is a prerequisite for Russian products to enter the European markets," said the VARPE President.

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