Ecuador challenges Brazilian ruling that prevents it from exporting shrimp
The president of the National Chamber of Aquaculture (CNA), José Camposano, assured that the Supreme Court of Brazil notified its customs the impediment to the entry of Ecuadorian shrimp to that market.
Within the framework of the AquaExpo El Oro fair, which ended on Thursday, July 5, Camposano emphasized that the measure is an affectation to trade between Ecuador and Brazil, since “the demand has no technical support”.
Last June, the Supreme Court granted the precautionary measure requested by the Brazilian Association of shrimp Breeders and by the Government of the State of Marañón. Suspended the import of the crustacean of Ecuador, after five months of opening said market.
Carmen Lucia Antunes, president of the Federal Supreme Court, argued that the decision to block these exports was made before “the possible health, environmental and economic impacts that Ecuador’s shrimp imports would represent for Brazil.” Camposano mentioned that Ecuador has already begun the respective legal consultations in the corresponding panels of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to present the necessary complaints and consultations.
“We are not going to allow the legitimate right of the shrimp producer and exporter to be affected when they do not even use arguments allowed by the WTO,” she added. Ecuador’s ambassador to Brazil, Diego Rivadeneira, said that the Ecuador Commercial Office in Sao Paulo, the lawyers of Brazilian shrimp importers and those of the CNA had already filed appeals before the courts to reverse the measure.
“These efforts are supported by the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry, the Ministries of Agriculture and Commerce of Brazil, as this would cause lawsuits and sanctions in the WTO.” Data from the Chamber of Aquaculture indicate that from December 2017 to last May four Ecuadorian companies exported around 600,000 pounds of shrimp to Brazil, which represented close to $ 2 million. (I)