The meeting was held virtually on Monday and attended by the Secretary General of the Indonesian Diaspora in Australia, Ben Tampubolon; Chairman of the Fisheries Entrepreneurs Association (IPP) of North Sulawesi, Budi Wahono; Vice President of Commercial Cargo of PT. Garuda Indonesia, Tbk, Aryo Wijoseno and representatives from PT. Prima Indo Tuna, one of the exporters of Indonesian seafood products.
"?One of the important issues discussed at the meeting was the logistics route for the export of Indonesian seafood products to Canada," said the Consulate General of Indonesia in Toronto in a press release on Tuesday.
Due to the geographical location of Canada, the selling price tends to be less competitive. One of the solutions discussed was the need for Indonesia to have a mother vessel that could transport Indonesian seafood products on a large scale to the American continent. In this regard, Indonesian Consul General in Toronto encourages business actors to directly convey these aspirations to the Central Government.
According to the Consul General of Indonesia in Toronto, the Province of Ontario is one of the provinces in Canada that has the largest number of seafood wholesale industry, representing 23.6% in Canada. According to IBISWorld, revenue from the seafood industry in Canada within the next 5 years is expected to grow continuously. This indicates Canada's high demand for seafood products.
Statistics Canada also recorded an increase in exports of tuna products from Indonesia by US$ 5,123,286 (26%) in 2020 comparing to 2019. Meanwhile for the first Quarter of 2021, Indonesian tuna exports to Canada decreased by 66% comparing to the same period in 2020. Despite a 9% decline in export value in 2020, export of Indonesian shrimp to Canada in Q1 2021 recorded an increase of US$ 4,802,946, increased by 20% compared to the same period in 2020.
As one of its core businesses, Indonesian Consulate General in Toronto continues to encourage export of Indonesian seafood products to Canada, including by engaging business actors in Indonesia.
In addition, Indonesian Consulate General in Toronto is also active in facilitating end-to-end communication and negotiation between Indonesian exporters and potential buyers in its territory of accreditation.