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Norway: Large demand for organic products from Philippines

Organic fruits and vegetables have a good export potential for Philippine enterprises who are ready to export to Norway under the Philippines-European Free Trade Association Free Trade Agreement (PH-Efta FTA).

Bjorn Jahnsen, Norway’s ambassador to the Philippines, said in a recent presentation in Makati on exporting to Efta countries that there is much room for further growth for Philippine goods exports to Norway. This is because the country’s exports to Norway in 2017 amounted to just $43 million, while the Efta nation’s total global imports for the same year had a value of $80.5 billion, Jahnsen said.

In 2017, the top 5 Norwegian merchandise imports from the Philippines included electrical machinery and other electronics; clothing and accessories; office and information-technology equipment; travel accessories, handbags and garments; and vegetables and fruits.

Jahnsen said export potentials for the Philippines are huge for these seven products: groceries, fruits and vegetables (including organic produce), flowers, clothing and footwear, furniture, chemical products, and ceramics and handicrafts. Groceries imports of Norway in 2015 totaled $19 billion.


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