The livestock breeding company Marine Harvest believes export tax on fish is contrary to EEA rules and has put in a complaint regarding Norway to the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA).
The Company believes the financing of the Norwegian Seafood Council through an export tax , in reality is to impose on Marine Harvest and other breeders the financing of the marketing of its competitors.
– Today Marine Harvest pays 70 million Nok per year to an outdated system that is directly detrimental to our business, says sales and marketing director Ola Brattvoll.
He believes the scheme worked well when it was established in 1991, but the situation has changed since then, especially because companies today sell and market their own brands.
Marine Harvest says they do not want to close down Norwegian Seafood Council but make the scheme voluntarily.
The Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg said that he will take the complaint into consideration. He would not comment on the case any further.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today