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Brazil Bans Ecuadorian Shrimp


On June 21, 2017, the Brazilian Federal District Court granted a preliminary injunction, ordering a suspension of shrimp imports from Ecuador until an import risk analysis was carried out!   The decision was based partly on the fact that Ecuador had several shrimp diseases that Brazil did not have.  Brazil argued that it should take a zero-risk approach—a ban on shrimp imports from Ecuador.


The Brazilian Association of Shrimp Farmers (ABCC) “celebrated” the court’s decision to suspend shrimp imports from Ecuador.  The judge’s decision came after two Ecuadorian companies, Omarsa and Proxepo SA, were granted authorization to start shrimp shipments into Brazil.  Both companies are now no longer authorized to ship shrimp into Brazil.  There are 23 other Ecuadorian companies in the process of getting the authorization to export shrimp to Brazil, Rocha said.  “So we just got it [the injunction decision] in time.”


Itamar Rocha, ABCC’s President, is confident that Ecuadorian firms will “never” be allowed to export shrimp to Brazil because Brazil plans to continue its legal battle to oppose “shrimp market liberalization” [letting Ecuadorian shrimp exports into the country].


Jose Antonio Camposano, executive president of Ecuador’s Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura, said Ecuador has hired lawyers to look into the situation.


Camposano said, “Rocha’s statements are false.  Ecuador and Brazil share the same shrimp diseases declared by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), making it illegal to support a health barrier in compliance with international trade rules.”


“[The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply] MAPA has already done the...risk analysis and determined that there is no danger for the Brazilian shrimp industry [coming from Ecuadorian shrimp imports],” Camposano added, pointing out that only imports of head-off peeled and deveined shrimp had been authorized.


“If Ecuador had as many diseases as Mr. Rocha claims, then why do we produce and export more every year?  The argument of Mr. Rocha is totally absurd,” Camposano said.



The Brazilian Shrimp Market


Over the last year, Brazilian shrimp production has been heavily impacted by disease, cutting availability and boosting prices.  As a result, it is a very appealing market for other countries that export shrimp.


Rocha said Brazilian shrimp production was recovering and shrimp prices in Brazil had dropped 35-40% since January 2017.  He pointed out that in the next five to ten years, Brazilian producers would like to resume exports to the USA, taking advantage of the USA decision to end its dumping duties on Brazilian shrimp.


Rocha added that Brazil was lobbying for a new law to be implemented to strengthen the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, which could potentially end the shrimp liberalization process.


Source: Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman.  Brazil Lobby Celebrates Ecuadorian Shrimp Import Halt.  Matilde Mereghetti (  July 12, 2017.