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Ecuador To Implement TRACES System For EU Destined Tuna Ecuador, September 19, 12

The fisheries sector is getting ready to comply with the new rules that European Union will start imposing as of 2015.
As of that year, all animal products entering the European market must have electronic TRACES certificates, a move which is intended to reduce the risk of forgery of documentation and certificates.
Ecuador’s National Fisheries Institute (INP) is already issuing these documents for exporters of fishery and aquaculture products destined for the European market, one of its major customers. There are several companies participating in the pilot program and supported by representatives of the European Commission (the institution that manages the Traces system) , the participating tuna exporters are: Ocean Fish, Ormasa, Asiservy, Nirsa, Conservas Isabel, Salica del Ecuador, Ideal and Eurofish .
“Ecuador is one of the first countries in the region to implement it,” reported the National Chamber of Fisheries.
To start the first phase of this project, Ecuador works with the ports of Spain, France, Italy and Belgium; among them, Bilbao, Vigo, and Antwerp.
The goal is to understand the different stages of the process and also detect possible inconsistencies or flaws to correct them in time. Within three years the TRACES system will be implemented on all Ecuadorian exporters.
Sales of canned tuna in the first half of this year totaled USD 200 million, sales of frozen fish USD 180 million, canned sardines,USD 8.2 million, and fish meal USD 19 , 4 million. Seafman, Nirsa, Salica, Galapesca, Isabel, Marbelize, Eurofish, Asiservy, Inepaca and Tecopesca –in order of exported volumes- were the Ecuadorian companies that sold most tuna worldwide, according to the Chamber.