Seafood Expo Global - Opportunity Sri Lanka
Seafood Expo Global

Seafood Expo Global

• Seafood Expo Global -Brussels, Belgium 25th-27th April 2017
• Seafood Excellence Global: Find the BEST seafood products available on a global scale.
• Seafood Excellence Global Awards Competition: Attend the awards ceremony on 26 April 2016 from 18:15-20:00 in Auditorium 2000 to see the year’s BEST products.
• Applications are invited from fish and fishery product exporters and processors to exhibit at the Sri Lanka Pavilion.

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Belgium, will organize Sri Lanka’s participation at the Seafood Expo Global, formerly known as the European Seafood Exposition (ESE) scheduled to be held from 25th-27th April 2017
in Brussels, Belgium.

Sri Lanka’s participation at the SEG will provide new contacts (reputed international buyers) and further strengthen the existing ones.

What is Seafood Expo Global?
Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global (formerly the European Seafood Exposition/Seafood Processing Europe) is the world’s largest seafood trade exposition.
If you are a professional seafood buyer, you do not want to miss this event.
Meet face-to-face with suppliers:
The exposition features more than 1,700 exhibiting companies from over 75 countries. Exhibitors supply nearly every type of fish, seafood, and seafood-related product or service. Attend Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global and find the following:
• Fresh fish and seafood
• Frozen fish and seafood
• Value-added seafood
• Processed and packaged fish and seafood
• Processing and packaging equipment
• Freight forwarders and logistical services
• Seafood-industry service providers
• Source new products and discover trends to grow your business.
Who attends?
Attendees include owners, proprietors, executive purchasing managers, category managers, private label program buyers and equipment and packaging buyers from retail, foodservice, and other business categories such as:
• Airlines
• Bar/clubs
• Cruise lines
• Distributors
• Government/military
• Grocery Stores
• High-volume catering
• Hospitals
• Hotels
• Import/export
• Manufacturers
• Processors
• Resorts
• Restaurants
• Schools
• Supermarkets
• Wholesalers

OSL Take:
Fisheries sector in Sri Lanka account for 1.8 percent of GDP at the current market prices and 1.3% at constant (2002) prices in 2014.
Total fish production in 2014 amounted to 535,050 metric tons and its value addition was Rs. 176,239 million (US$ 1,350 Mn.).
Growth rate of fisheries sector in 2014 was recorded as 4.5% at constant prices and it was 12.7% at current market prices against 2013.
Around 272,140 active fishermen have engaged in both marine and inland fisheries and 1,023,780 members of their households depend on the income gained through fishing and related activities.
Fisheries sector has generated Rs. 34,797 million (US$ 266.5 Mn.) of export earnings in the year 2014 and, it was accounted for 2.4% of total export earnings.
A positive trade balance of Rs. 15,937 million (US$ 122 Mn.) was indicated for external trading of fish and fishery products.
In order to achieve this growth, about 32,025 of motorized boats and 21,963 of non-motorized boats have been operated in marine fishing. Out of motorized boats around 4,447 boats have been operated in offshore fishing.
In June this year, the European Union (EU) completely lifted the ban on fisheries exports from Sri Lanka.

Prior to the ban imposed in January 2015, the EU accounted for nearly one-third of Sri Lanka’s fish exports in terms of volume and about 40% of the exports in terms of revenue Against the total fish export earnings of $ 267 million that year, Sri Lanka got $ 108 million from the Europe.

The ban was imposed on the ground that Sri Lanka indulged in “illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.” Though the EU had decided to impose ban in October 2014, it implemented the decision only 3 months later.

A national plan was prepared by the government of Sri Lanka to counter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Fish exports are once again gaining markets in Europe and other regions after the EU ban lilting this June. The potential to expand global market share for Sri Lankan fish exports is stronger by attending international exhibitions like the “Seafood Expo Global” which attracts all “big fish traders” to one venue.

Hence, potential parties could contact the biz-friendly OSL Team to learn more on the way to participate at the SEG.

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