The restrictive import quota measure introduced by the Federal Government has forced seafood import from Norway to Nigeria to drop by 12 per cent.
According to U. K based, Undercurrent News, since the Nigerian government placed a structured embargo on import quotas, Norwegian seafood imports into the country including, herring, mackerel, horse mackerel, and blue whiting recorded huge decline.
Thought analysts believe that recent flexible policy introduced by the apex bank would ease pressure on the nation’s currency but a market analyst with Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), Paul Aandahl, said there was still evidence aplenty to suggest Nigeria is still not open for business.
With the naira, which has fallen to an almost record-low of N292.50 to the US dollar, as of July 18, Aandahl said, “more and bigger import quotas will not solve the problem. Fish must be out of the CBN list to get access to USD to a lowest possible price.”