Fish exporting countries in Asia and Europe are currently battling with the coronavirus pandemic, which may stall exports to Nigeria. Nigeria spends $700million of scarce foreign exchange annually on fish importation because of the country’s deficit of close to 2million tonnes, while production stands at less than 1.2 million tonnes. Currently, only five vessels are waiting on Nigerian waters, at the Lagos anchorage, with 20, 663 metric tonnes of fish valued at (N12.4billion) $20.99million.
Data obtained from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)’s shipping position revealed that the vessels have been jostling for berthing space for over a month. The ships, which are expected to berth at ENL Consortium Terminal at the Lagos Port complex in Apapa include: Cool Expreso laden with 5240.246tonnes; Scrombus, 4223.678tonnes; Green Autevoll, 4000 tonnes; Libra, 3200 tonnes and Green Karmoy, 4000 tonnes.
It was learnt that some companies in Norway were unable to go fishing because of labour shortage caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Already, hundreds of seafood workers are reluctant to work, leading to delays in fish harvests. It was further revealed that demand for packaged and frozen fish and other seafood products had dropped, as consumers prefer to stock dry fish or non-perishable seafood. New Telegraph