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Nov 10, 2011

European Union ban on Belize’s aquaculture

There is a confirmed report out of Belmopan that the European Union has removed Belize from what is referred to as a List One Status for exports of fish and shrimps to the E.U. Belize was the only country in this region with that privileged status, but now the E.U. is identifying Belize as a non-cooperating country for non compliance.  What it means is that Belize will not be able to supply shrimps to the E.U. at least in the short term, which puts the industry at great risk of suffering significant losses. The ban has been in effect since November first and for the time being Belize will have to rely on its shrimp and fish exports to North American markets to keep the industry afloat. According to Doctor Marvin Figueroa of the Belize Agricultural and Health Authority (BAHA), the temporary ban has been implemented because the E.U. alleges that Belize did not submit an annual residue plan, which monitors for chemicals, for the years 2010 and 2011. But Figueroa insists that there is proof that Belize submitted its residue plan and that the relevant package was sent through DHL and was complimented with an email to DG SANCO, Europe’s competent authority from its food and veterinary office, known as FDO. But according to Figueroa, while the DG SANCO representative has since acknowledged receipt, he says that the plan was submitted late. The Ministry of Agriculture has been in closed door meetings to discuss this development. BAHA has turned to the E.U. Representative in Belize, Lamberte Coffimo, for help and Figueroa says he has contacted the DG SANCO representative in Ireland. So the situation as it stands tonight is that due to the bungling, the fisheries sector is in peril.

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9 Responses for “European Union ban on Belize’s aquaculture”

  1. Gilda says:

    sounds so much like Belize…

  2. superman says:

    of course is dhl fault. Is there anybody who takes responsability?

  3. hard woking Belizean says:

    From bad to worst…..keep on imagining the possibilities:-(!!!

  4. jas says:

    without getting into who else is to blame, why did they use dhl?? Not the most reliable carrier out there. Something that important should have gone by fedex of UPS period!!

  5. CEO says:

    Forget all the Fed Ex, UPS, DHL excuses! What about preparing the document with enough time that you could have got it to them via Belize mail with enough time to spare.

    The real story is most Belizeans have a “maniana” mentality and the rest of the world runs on real time!

  6. Miguel says:

    Pues habrá que presionar si se puede para que no se saque de la dichosa lista.

  7. Abner says:

    How about this? Maybe the Minister of Agriculture or the PM can answer: Don’t we have Embassies all over the world including countries in Europe that something this important could have been handled through? And who sends a package this important and forgets about it just to later be told it did not arrive or it arrived late? Government workers need to start giving us value for our money. Many of them are in the offices working on other agendas for their minister who got the the position.

  8. RadicalBelizean says:

    I would not worry about the EU, has it is fallen apart and it is only a matter of time. the experiment has failed.

  9. Joyce says:

    Belize runs on “Belize time” while the world runs on real time. Belize is backwards!!

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