Norway, China sign trade agreement
Norway and China signed a new agreement on the import and export of food – including seafood – according to news reports.
Norway’s Minister of Fisheries, Per Sandberg and Shuping Zhi, China’s Minister of Veterinary Issues, signed the agreement on 21 April in Norway, according to Norway Today.
“The agreement we have signed today will strengthen bilateral cooperation in the import and export of foodstuffs, and is therefore important for the Norwegian seafood industry,” Sandberg said.
Sandberg did not release additional details of the trade agreement.
China is Norway’s biggest export market in Asia, according to Norway Today.
“There is a great potential for exporting Norwegian seafood to China. It is therefore very positive that Zhi visits Norway and that the contact between the food safety authorities is now resumed,” the article stated.
Norway exported 143,000 metric tons of seafood worth NOK 2.75 billion (USD 322 million, EUR 296 million) to China in 2016.
The two countries recently agreed to resume negotiations on a free trade agreement by the end of the summer.
In addition to the new food export agreement, Sandberg and Zhi toured a fish farm and visited the Institute of Marine Research in Austevoll.