Tuesday, February 24 , 2015
Brazilian airports receiving large volumes of
fish for exports get more agility through a work developed by the Ministry of
Fishery and Aquiculture (MPA).
The aquiculture engineer in charge, Felipe Weber
Mendonça Santos, said that with this change, the average waiting time of
living cargoes in airports fell from 20 hours to four hours. The greater agility
benefits ornamental fish exporters of the Pet Brazil Project, an initiative to
promote the exports of the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion
Agency (Apex-Brazil) in partnership with the Brazilian Association of the
Industry of Products for Pets (Abinpet).
The Manaus and
Belém airports were chosen due to the higher number of living cargoes of
the capital cities' ornamental fish breeding centers. “In view of the
situation, [MPA] could not abstain from making the decisions to mitigate
this bottleneck," said Santos. "When we transport fish, they have water and oxygen limitation.
By decreasing the time of animals in airports, the mortality reported by
exporters and importers falls significantly."
Santos said that Fishing Planning and Licensing Secretary Flávio Bezerra da Silva was in
charge of the creation of the Technical Group of Public Policy Works for the
ornamental fish production chain. “We are starting the second phase and it is
occurring in Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo," he said. "We will extend it to the other four
states that develop similar operations: Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo,
Pernambuco and Ceará."
Several agencies worked together to implement the change. The Federal Revenue Service provided a differentiated
treatment for living cargo clearance. The MAPA and Ibama made an agreement regarding the timetables of
flights and those in which the checks occur. Infraero, with its logistic management of the cargo
terminal, has undertaken to release semi-annual licenses for trucks and drivers of
living water organisms. The monitoring occurs by the Federal Superintendency of
Fishing and Aquiculture of the respective states.
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