Flying fish and the land of the rising sun

The possibility of fish products travelling to Japan on All Nippon Airline (ANA) flights is being discussed by fisheries associations, though shipping costs are the largest stumbling block, say officials.

Flying the fish exports would mean higher prices in Japan, where the catch would be fresher than current exports which are refrigerated and sent by ship, said Daw Toe Nandar Tin, vice chair of the Myanmar Fisheries Product Processor and Exporter Association.

“The process may take a while because we are finding those who want to export by airline,” she said, adding that each group is different.

Daw Toe Nandar Tin said the main sticking point is the cost of the service.

“If the charges are okay, I believe some businesses will export fish on the airline,” she said.

U Kyaw Ko Ko, an ANA official based in Myanmar, confirmed that discussions on flying the fish exports are under way.

The industry is looking at shipping by airplanes as part of a drive to get more value from its fishery products – which have been in decline in recent years.

Myanmar Fishery Federation chair U Soe Win said that exporters are also eyeing American and European markets as sanctions are becoming less of a problem and the markets offer lots of potential.

Fishery exports generated revenue of about US$536 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to a Myanmar Fishery Federation official, a decline on $650 million from last fiscal year, from government data.


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