Russia lifts import restrictions on four Chilean salmon processing plants – two of them owned by Australis Seafoods

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Over the past few weeks, Russia’s veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor has locked out Chilean salmon farmers out of the Russian Federation.

In a press release on Friday, Chilean fishing authority Sernapesca confirmed that the restrictions imposed have been lifted for the following salmon processors – two of which are owned by Australis Seafoods and foreign-owned.

  • Congelados y Conservas Fitz Roy (Australis Seafoods)
  • Álvarez y Álvarez
  • Pesquera Torres del Paine (Australis Seafoods)
  • Nova Austral (owned by private equity companies Altor Fund III, of Norway, and US-based Bain Capital)

On February 27, The Director of Sernapesca Alicia Gallardo held a high stakes face-to-face meeting in Moscow with the director of Russia’s veterinary service Sergey Dankvert.

The two discussed the possibility of lifting restrictions imposed by Rosselkhoznadzor to these four plants, provided that Sernapesca “gave guarantees on compliance with the sanitary parameters of the Federation, which actually happened this week”.

It added that Russia is very interested in signing a collaboration agreement in the technical-scientific field with Chile, “which constitutes an important milestone to understand the methodologies applied by the Rosselkhoznadzor”, it wrote.

Many salmon farmers still remain locked out by temporary restrictions including Blumar, Cermaq Chile, Los Fiordos, Camanchacha and Yadran.