ECONOMY

Greek traders back Japanese food imports

A leading Greek traders group has called on local businesses to build on weak trade ties with Japan and backed Japanese food imports checked by authorities in the Asian country.

The National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) expressed its support to the Japanese people after the massive earthquake and devastating tsounami that hit the country and asked to meet with senior officials from Japan?s Athens embassy to look into ways to boost bilateral ties between the two countries.

?ESEE urges Greek businesses to again look into boosting our trade ties,? it said in a statement on Wednesday.

?We state our complete confidence in Japanese checks of exports to Greece, particularly regarding food items.?

Japanese exports to Greece mainly consist of cars, machinery, boats and digital equipment.

The country also sells to Greece about 160 tons of food items per year, worth about one million euros, including snack food, nuts, canned fruit, soy sauce, rice, drinks and animal feed.

On the other side, Greece exports to Japan mainly olive oil, fruit and vegetables and seafood.