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In the first nine months of 2017, Romania imported 5.4% more fish and seafood than in the same period in 2016. This is consistent with the increasing demand for quality foods as well as the increasing purchasing power of the Romanian consumers.
Thus, over 56 thousand tons of fish, crustaceans and molluscs were imported from the EU as well as non-EU countries in the first nine months of 2017, according to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) provided at AGERPRES request.
The value of imports of fish, crustaceans and molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates exceeded 134.2 mEUR between 1 January and 30 September 2017, while in the same period in 2016 it amounted to 118.67 mEUR for a quantity of 53,154 tons.
According to Ro-Fish - the Romanian Association of Fish Processors, Importers, Distributors and Traders - Romanian fish market is covered 82% from imports and only 18% from the domestic production of fish. The most sought-after fish species in Romania are marine, such as macro, sprat and cod, and also freshwater species, trout, carp and caraway.
Romanians consume about 6 kilograms of fish per person annually, almost four times less than the average of the European Union. By comparison, Bulgarians and Hungarians consume 2.5 kilograms of fish per person per year. These figures are currently increasing, due to better lifestyle and health food education.
Romania produces annually 18,000 tons of fish, including aquaculture. Romania's fishing area currently ranges from 80,000 to 100,000 hectares only, much below the surface 25 years ago.
According to research made by FRD Center based on official statistic data, Romania has imported fish and seafood (crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates) in 2014 mainly from:
the Netherlands: 16.6 million EUR
Spain: 15.1 million EUR
Poland: 13 million EUR
Italy: 12.3 million EUR
Sweden: 10.8 million EUR
Turkey: 8.1 million EUR
Hungary: 6.4 million EUR
Denmark: 5.7 million EUR
Germany: 5.6 million EUR
Vietnam: 5.4 million EUR
More details in the Romanian Food Market Report produced by FRD Center for the Royal Netherlands Embassy and published at https://www.dutchromaniannetwork.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Food-Report-Romania-2016.pdf
Romanians appetite for imported quality foods increased 9.5% in the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016, reaching EUR 5.21 billion. Romania is the most dynamic economy in Europe, having registered a 8.8% GDP growth in Q3 2017 and a GDP growth of 7% for the first nine months of 2017.
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In regards to main local importer-distributors of fish and seafood in Romania, according to an FRD Center analysis, Romfood Trading has recorded a net turnover of 16.4 million EUR in 2016, up by 49% compared to 2015.
According to an FRD Center analysis of the players on the domestic seafood market, other major importer-distributors and processors of seafood and fish in Romania are Ocean Fish and Negro 2000, with a cumulated net turnover of 67 million EUR in 2016, up almost 5% compared to 2015.
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Romania’s retail market is estimated at EUR 40 billion this year, up 12% over 2016, according to a study by credit insurance company Euler Hermes. About 85% of the products sold in Romania are of mixed origin whereas only 15% are from local production. More details in the FRD Center businessblog posting at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/12/romanias-retail-market-goes-up-12-in.html
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