European fishers irked by import-friendly ATQ regs

Europêche ATQ

Zero-duty access given to more than 900,000 tonnes of imported seafood

European Council’s new regulation for autonomous EU tariff quotas (ATQs) for certain fishery products has been called into question for granting certain third-country seafood species access to the EU market at reduced rates or duty-free.

The new ATQ regulation – for the years 2024, 2025 and 2026 – is intended to grant the EU’s fish processing industry the right to import seafood products not available in sufficient quantities in the region at favourable rates.

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