Soares da Costa Global, a company operating in the Angoche district of Mozambique’s Nampula province, in 2012 exported 79 tons of shrimp, lobster, crab and octopus to the European Union, according to the district director for Economic Activities.
Miguel Massunda Júnior told daily newspaper Notícias that the exports were carried out at the end of last year after Soares da Costa Global had been certified by the EU authorities to export seafood to the European market.
In order to receive the license Soares da Costa Global was inspected by European technicians who travelled to Angoche to check if required hygiene standards and seafood handling procedures were being applied.
Massunda Júnior also said that Diamante Mariscos, a company owned by Portuguese investors that sells seafood and also operates in partnership with the district’s artisanal fishermen, was currently trying to get a license to export its products to the European market.
Whilst the EU certification process is still underway Diamante Mariscos is exporting its products to other markets, and recently exported around 135 tons of octopus and lobster to Asian countries. (macauhub)