Marine Export Development Authority (MPEDA) plans to reach more international markets to enhance seafood export from India. MPEDA is looking towards markets in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Central and West Asia, Canada, Russia and Australia for expansion. In Asia, MPEDA has identified South Korea that shares a common food habit of Japan, as a potential market for Indian seafood, especially shrimps, value-added imitation products, fishes, and crabs. MPEDA has initiated interaction between Indian exporters and the delegation from South Korea. To understand trade preferences and sensitize the trade segment about the diversity of seafood products offered by India, a delegation led by Jayathilak visited South Korea in November last year.
MPEDA Chairman A Jayathilak said “India currently exports seafood to 103 countries and MPEDA has been making constant efforts to market products in more countries. We are expecting a delegation from Seoul to attend the 21st India International Seafood Show at Goa starting January 27. MPEDA is participating in ‘Seafood Exposition’ organised at Dubai every year as we are aware it will enable Indian seafood exporters to expand their businesses not only in West Asia but also in the neighbouring African markets. We have our presence in several other seafood export exhibitions too. Trade inquiries received at the shows are circulated to all registered exporters for making business prepositions.”
“Besides, trade delegations are also undertaken to understand more about the market and to interact with potential buyers there. The delegations provide immense insight into market preferences on the types of seafood, packing methods used,” the Chairman added.