Saudi Arabia yet to lift ban on marine product imports

Theingi Win Tin


Saudi Arabia has not removed its ban on imports of marine products from Myanmar, according to Myanmar Fishery Federation

Since April 1, Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended import of marine products from Myanmar as virus is found in marine products.

Win Kyaing, General Secretary of MFF said: “In May, Saudi Arabia informed Myanmar that it would check cold storages and breeding lakes. Myanmar has received no letter from Saudi Arabia about the exact date for inspection yet.”

“Fishes don’t get good prices in fish market. As the government has designated non-fishing season for three months since May 15, there will be no huge arrivals of saltwater fish stocks. Local fish market has to rely heavily on cultured fishes. Due to a shortage of fishes, the fish markets do not face the worst conditions. Fish farmers and entrepreneurs don’t get profits,” he added.

Myanmar exported 30 per cent of cultured fishes and 41 per cent of Rohu to Saudi Arabia, according to the MFF.

Due to There will be huge arrivals of freshwater and saltwater fishes. The situation may become worse if Saudi Arabia doesn’t remove its ban. We are trying to breed other fishes. But it is impossible to achieve success in a short space of time. The MFF is working to breed and produce marketable fishes and prawns in a short period of time.”

Saudi Arabia has also banned imports of marine products from Vietnam, Bangladesh and India.