Sri Lanka’s edible fish exporters are experiencing a boom following the resumption of shipments to Europe, and Emirates SkyCargo is playing a key role in helping them capitalise on this resurgence.
SkyCargo reports that it is currently transporting about 100 tons of edible fish a week from Colombo to markets in Europe and the USA, a noteworthy increase over export volumes that were prevailing before the implementation of the 15-month suspension of exports to Europe in 2015.
In the second half of 2016 alone, Emirates SkyCargo transported more than 2,400 tons of edible fish from Sri Lanka, double the volume it had transported in the corresponding six months of the previous year. The cargo consisted of tuna in fresh, chilled and frozen forms, shrimp, prawns, crabs, lobster, fish maws, sea cucumbers, cuttlefish, squid and sprats to the UK, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and the USA.
The export of Sri Lankan fishery products to the European Union resumed in June 2016 and grew by 20 per cent in the year that followed. European markets account for more than 60 per cent of the country’s fish exports, valued at approximately US$ 110 million, benefitting thousands of fishermen and their families.