Japan Happy With Fisheries Arrangement With PNG
Japan has expressed satisfaction and is pleased with its current fisheries arrangement with Papua New Guinea since 1978.
An official from the Embassy of Japan said that the PNG waters remain a critically important fishing zone for Japan.
As a result, Japan is keen to maintain a good relationship with PNG and the negotiations between the fishing authorities have been cordial.
The official also clarified that the tuna which is caught in PNG waters and sent directly to the Japanese seaports is not counted as the tuna of PNG origin, but those tuna which are exported from PNG via air freight are considered as imported tuna from PNG.
“Japan has been importing tuna from PNG while paying royalties for catching fish in PNG.
Pacific region is the largest supply area of tuna for Japan.
Japan does not have any formal agreement with or a special status given by PNG regarding tuna import.
PNG is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) – an international institution that oversees the global trade rules among nations.
As a member, Japan applies 3.5per cent tariff on the tuna which is imported from PNG, which is lower than the basic tariff of 5.0per cent,” an official said.
Japan has also maintained that there is no need for them to engage in any formal agreements regarding its import of the marine products from PNG, because Japan imports fish products directly from PNG and the procedures are rather straightforward.
However, China on the other hand who has recently entered into an agreement with PNG for maritime products via Singapore or Hong Kong will need to go through a more complicated procedure.