Chennai to host international seafood show in Jan

Chennai, Dec 3 (KNN)  The 19th edition of India International Seafood Show (IISS) which is the largest and oldest seafood event in Asia will be held at the Chennai Trade Centre from January 10-12, 2014.

The event has been organised by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, in association with the Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI).   

“IISS is the oldest and largest seafood event in Asia, providing a platform for manufacturers and suppliers of processing machinery, packaging systems, certifications, processing ingredients, cold chain system, logistics etc to showcase their products along with technical sessions delivered by world renowned experts on the latest technological developments in this industry,” said an official release.

Having taken steps to enhance both domestic and international participation, 75 per cent of space was sold out by end September 2013.  As many as 306 stalls and 1000 delegates have registered for the show to date.

Countries that will be represented at IISS 2014 are USA, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Argentina, among others. 

While 50 per cent of the participants are exporters of marine products, 25 per cent are manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, machinery and refrigeration. The balance has been covered by aquaculture sector, packaging, ingredient/chemical manufacturers, government agencies, labs, logistics etc.

Marine products exports for the last two quarters (April to September 2013) has shown a quantum jump of 39 per cent in Rupee terms and 28 per cent in Dollar terms, compared to the same period last year and if the trend continues, it will surpass the export target of USD 4.3 billion setting a new record in the history of marine exports.