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Norway and the European Union have successfully renewed the agreement on market access for Norwegian seafood

Norway and the European Union have successfully renewed the agreement on market access for Norwegian seafood.

The updated deal includes the continuation of several duty-free quotas for essential products, and the EU is set to introduce new quotas for processed salmon, smoked salmon, and frozen prawns.

“EU is the most significant market for Norwegian seafood, and expanding duty-free quotas enhances export opportunities for both the fishing and aquaculture industries. Seafood is one of our crucial export sectors, and with this agreement, we have achieved improvements in the trade conditions for key seafood products processed in Norway,” said Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Cecilie Myrseth.

Simultaneously with negotiations for new EEA funds, Norway and the EU have also negotiated a revision of the fisheries protocol covering the period from 2014 to 2021. The current agreement, applicable from 2021 to 2028, involves the continuation of several duty-free import quotas for Norwegian seafood, either at the same or higher levels. This includes quotas for marinated herring, frozen herring fillets, and frozen peeled shrimp. The duty-free quota for marinated herring is increased from 11,400 to 28,000 tonnes per year.

Additionally, the EU will establish new quotas for processed salmon, smoked salmon, frozen prawns, and certain fish species with low tariff rates.

 

No Agreement on Mackerel

However, there was no agreement between Norway and the EU to extend duty-free import quotas for mackerel. Nonetheless, Norway maintains a substantial permanent quota for frozen whole mackerel, and there is also duty-free access for exports to the EU market from February 15 to June 15.

“Norway aimed to maintain market conditions for Norwegian mackerel in the EU, but the EU was not willing to do so, citing disagreements on mackerel management. From the Norwegian perspective, we emphasised maintaining the distinction between market access and resource management because these are two entirely different issues,” explained Minister Cecilie Myrseth.

Norwegian representatives argued that it is not appropriate to link negotiations on market access with resource management questions. Resource management is a dynamic process that must consider biological factors and annual fluctuations.

 

The quantity for the duty-free quotas, which should have been allocated back to May 1, 2021, will be distributed over the remaining period from the effective date, resulting in larger quotas than the negotiated annual quantities. In the event that the duty-free import quotas are not fully utilised before April 30, 2028, exports can be made on the residual volume for up to two years after the agreement period expires, i.e., until April 30, 2030.

 

It will take time before the duty-free quotas come into effect

Due to approval procedures on the EU side, it will take some time before the duty-free quotas come into effect. The postponement of the opportunity to use the quotas well into 2024 poses a challenge for the industry segment producing and exporting semi-finished herring products. The tariff for such products is set at 20 percent, which is highly challenging and may affect a significant number of jobs.

“We have been very explicit with the EU: the Norwegian industry must access the duty-free quotas as quickly as possible in 2024. We have received assurances that the EU Commission will do its best for swift processing, but the timing is not within our control,” said Minister Cecilie Myrseth.

The agreement with the EU also means that the transit arrangement for EU vessels’ catches through Norway will continue.

 

Source: Press Release

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