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Saudi Arabia Lifts Long Lived Ban on Indian Seafood

GENERAL - Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on Indian seafood imports that had been in place for several years.

“Delegations from the Health Department of Saudi Arabia had visited several processing units in the country and had also held discussions with Government officials before giving the green signal. The Export Inspection Agency has been mandated with inspecting and certifying Indian consignments destined for Saudi Arabia,” said Mr Anwar Hashim, President of the Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI).

According to C.J. Punnathara, writing for TheHinduBusinessLine, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia has written to the Ministry of External Affairs about lifting the ban on import of fish and other sea products, which include sea and farm products, and had requested that a reputed institution be assigned to inspect and certify all Indian seafood export consignments destined for Saudi Arabia.

The lifting of the ban is expected to put to a halt to developing country exports under which Indian consignments used to be routed through a developing-country before the product finally landed in Saudi Arabia, reports BusinessLine. This is expected to reduce the costs to both the exporter and the importer. It is also expected to boost both the low and high-end seafood product exports.

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