Fish canneries in North West Spain could be forced to close because they cannot compete with cheaper imports from Papua New Guinea and elsewhere, local Spanish industry groups have claimed.

In a renewed agreement with the European Union (EU) canned tuna from Papua New Guinea is allowed to enter Europe tax free. It means, said Juan Manuel Vieites (pictured), secretary of the Inter-professional Tuna Organization (Interatun) and secretary general of the National Association for Producers of Canned Fish and Shellfish (Anfaco-Cecopesca), that the imported canned tuna is 35 percent cheaper than that from the Galician canning industry.

 

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