The new administrative obstacles announced this month by the administrative authorities for the import of frozen fish from third countries could mean a diversion to the Port of Leixões of up to 60,000 tonnes of fish. The president of the Port Authority of Vigo, Enrique López Veiga, quoted by several newspapers in the region, understands that the new instructions sent to the sanitary inspectors from Madrid "cause a great damage to the Port of Vigo", since China, the main affected country , is the third partner in importance in the ranking of that structure.
For their part, operators still do not understand how to apply the new measures "which reduce Vigo's competitiveness" in relation to similar infrastructures in other Member States.
The competent authorities have imposed more administrative obstacles on imports of frozen fish from third countries and specifically China. According to the text – effective since last Wednesday – 100% of the items arriving from the Asian giant will undergo a verification process in which operators will be required to provide a copy of the catch certificates and the approval of the Chinese authorities will suffice.
"Let us explain why this happens in Spain and not in other countries like Portugal," asked Lopez Veiga.
Only in 2017, Vigo moved around 650 thousand tons of frozen fish, so the loss of 60 thousand tons will represent almost 10% of the traffic. The authorities of the Port of Vigo accuse the central administration (through the Secretary of the External Health) of making changes that lose competitiveness compared to other Member States and do not rule out "taking necessary technical and legal measures" to combat the measures. A letter will be sent to the Madrid authorities rejecting the measures adopted.
The head of the Port of Vigo recalled that if there were violations by China "should be the European Commission to take action" and not Spain unilaterally.