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Indonesian Canned Tuna Export to Spain Has Potential to Rise Again

Illustration: canned tuna (antara)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Canned tuna export from Indonesia to Spain are estimated to rise significantly again. This is attributed to the Spanish authorities that had stopped intensive supervision of the import of canned tuna products from an Indonesian exporter.

"We welcome the Spanish authorities' decision to stop intensive supervision of canned fish products from Indonesia, and we hope that Indonesian exporters will be encouraged to export to Spain," said Indrasari Wisnu Wardhana, Acting Director General of Foreign Trade at the Indonesian the Ministry of Trade, in Jakarta, on Monday (05/31/2021), as reported by Antara.

With the end of this intensive surveillance, the canned tuna products from these exporters entering Spain will no longer need to go through a special surveillance process. The Indonesian government has asked exporters to see this situation as a good signal to increase exports of canned tuna to Spain.

The decision to stop intensive supervision of canned tuna products from Indonesian exporter PT Toba Surimi, was conveyed by the work unit under the Spanish Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Sanidad) to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Madrid on May 6, 2021.

The reason for the termination of the supervision was that no histamine content was found that exceeded the threshold in the last two years in canned fish products exported by the company.

Indrasari said this decision was important for the credibility of Indonesia's canned fish production in the eyes of the international community.

Novita Sari, Trade Attache at the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid, said the release of one of Indonesia's products from intensive supervision in Spain could be seen as an opportunity for Indonesian canned fish exporters and producers to look more at the market in that country, as well as showing Spanish citizens that Indonesian canned fish products are very good for consumption. .

On the other hand, notifications like this should also be treated as a warning to other Indonesian exporters to follow the rules set by the export destination countries.

"We hope that the end of this intensive supervision will be an encouragement for Indonesian exporters to increase exports of canned tuna products to Spain," Novita added.

Since September 25, 2017, the Spanish authorities had been intensively supervising canned tuna products from Indonesia-based company PT Toba Surimi. This was done as Greek authorities discovered that the histamine content exceeded the permissible threshold and came from the same exporter.

The Greek authorities then disseminated the findings through a warning system related to food between European countries, namely the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

During the supervision period, the Indonesian canned tuna must go through a number of stages. These stages include taking samples of suspected products, systematic histamine analysis, immobilization of imported goods, and giving opinions based on the results of the analysis.

The Spanish tax authority, Agencia Tributaria, recorded that imports of canned tuna products with HS 1604.14 from Indonesia throughout 2020 reached US $7.84 million. This value has decreased compared to US $10.27 miion in 2019.