EU-US shellfish trade to resume after 10-year dispute

(Bloomberg) – Shellfish trade between the European Union and the United States is set to resume after a 10-year hiatus after the two sides resolved regulatory disputes.

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Sales of mussels, clams, oysters and scallops will resume at the end of this month, the European Commission announced on Friday after passing legislation to that effect. Two EU member states, Spain and the Netherlands, will be allowed to export shellfish to the US, while two US states, Massachusetts and Washington, will be able to do the same to the EU.

“Trade will resume shortly, and I look forward to extending this opportunity to more EU member states in the near future,” EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a statement. sent by email.

Trade in crustaceans between the EU and the US has not been allowed since 2011 due to differences in regulatory standards. The commission and the US Food and Drug Administration have been discussing recognition of each other’s production systems ever since. The solution follows similar breakthroughs during a year of transatlantic peace on trade, which saw the suspension of tariffs on an estimated $22 billion in two-way trade stemming from Donald Trump-era disputes over the steel and aluminum, and aeronautical subsidies to Airbus SE and Boeing. Co.

This is the first time the FDA has issued an equivalence determination granting EU producers access to the US market.

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