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Brunei’s seafood companies could penetrate markets in the European Union (EU) BY 2010 if all parties can work together to meet export requirements of the 27-country bloc, an EU-commissioned consultant said.

The Brunei Times reported on Thursday that the consultant, Else Marie Andersen,  assisting the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Indonesia, was in Brunei to talk about the EU regulations and requirements and to share information about the seafood markets that Brunei could enter.

“I think that putting the documentation in place can be done in a few months, but what takes a longer time is the learning process to really transform what you read in the document into your head to be used in reality. It would take some time, but I think that within a perspective of a year, it would be possible if everybody worked together and is target-oriented,” Andersen said.

The process involves getting a competent authority from Brunei to be approved by the EU.

“After that, it would then be up to the EU to put Brunei in their schedule for inspection. I don’t know how long that would take, but I do know that they make their plans one year ahead so in this case Brunei can come in to the 2009 schedule for inspection,” she said.

“The EU does not have enough seafood, they are one of the biggest importers of seafood from the whole world and the market is still under supplied. Because of this under-supply, the prices of seafood are still increasing,” she said.

An official from the Department of Fisheries, said that with the stringent EU procedures and regulations on seafood imports, it is only a matter of determination. She added that the only challenge the government sector would face would be in guiding exporters to work hand in hand with them.

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