STAG Priorities and Asian Seafood Market Access Group

New joint Seafood, Pork and Cotton Project - FRDC

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STOP PRESS:  The Australian Government has commissioned a new project Identification and Analysis of Non-Tariff Measures and Quantification of their Impact on Australian Export Commodities - Seafood (Rock Lobster & Abalone), Pork & Cotton.  FRDC is the seafood contact point for this project.
The whole project (including Pork and Cotton) is being run by Jim Fitzgerald operating from the FRDC offices.  Jim also has responsibility for the Seafood component.  There is an industry consultation phase for this that will be undertaken by Ewan Colquhoun during February and March 2017.  A copy of the terms of reference is available here: Identification and Analysis of Non-Tariff Measures and Quantification of their Impact on Australian Export Commodities - Seafood (Rock Lobster & Abalone), Pork & Cotton Terms of Reference
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23 JANUARY 2017 - Seafood Trade Matters

to the January 2017 edition of Seafood Trade Matters, bringing you, Australian Seafood Exporters, the most up to date news about trade issues that matter to your business. With Chinese New Year approaching this week, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you luck and prosperity in the year of the Rooster!

STAG Priorities and Your Assistance Needed to Monitor Asian Seafood Market Access issues

The strength of the STAG lies in the direct involvement of commercial exporters ensuring quick, targeted and direct action.  Exporters are also directly involved in developing the Seafood Trade Agenda which prioritises and focuses industry and government investment.
As part of the Australian Government Program Assisting Small Exporters program the STAG received funding to develop a prioritised list of trade and market access issues for seafood in key Asian markets and develop, in consultation with government, action plans to address them.  The STAG Trade Agenda and Action Plan has now been revised updated to reflect these priorities for Abalone and Rock Lobster exporters focused on China and Japan.  A copy can be downloaded from the STAG website

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Seafood Trade Advisory Group - Update on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

As we move into 2017 it appears we could be entering a period of uncertainty in relation to trade agreements and market access, with indications coming out of the U.S and Europe of protectionism measures. If implemented there is the likelihood of ongoing retaliation from other major markets which could have negative repercussions for Australia. It is therefore important that Australia has strong enforceable trade agreements in place with all possible major trading partners and to this extent the Seafood Trade Advisory Group will look to continue lobbying and working with government to ensure fair and equitable agreements in relation to seafood.
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SafeFish, provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade.  It does this by bringing together experts in food safety and hygiene to work with the industry and regulators to agree and prioritise technical issues impacting on free and fair market access for Australian seafood.

SafeFish Update – January 2017
Every few years SafeFish reviews its technical work program in order to help provide the best outcomes for the industry. The review involved identifying existing and emerging food safety, trade and market access issues/ hazards. Any issues that would require technical input to resolve were prioritised in the risk ranking workshop by SafeFish partners. Similar reviews have occurred in 2011 and 2014. The outcomes from these reviews include:

a) raising awareness of issues of importance to the seafood industry with funders,
b) form a priority listing for future SafeFish work and
c) encourage researchers and funders to address the issues.

A workshop was held at South Australian Research and Development Institute, Adelaide on 25th November to rank the issues/ hazards collated by SafeFish from Australian epidemiological data, food recall data (domestic and import), international emerging risks networks, Codex Alimentarius Commission, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) – National Residue Survey and import testing programs, SafeFish enquires and surveys, direct contact with the seafood industry and stakeholders.

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Call for Interest: Australian Seafood Exporters to attend "Taste Of Australia" (TOKYO AND OSAKA, JAPAN) - 16 May 2017

Austrade invites Australian exporters and/or their Japanese importers to participate in this premium food and beverage showcase, targeting key customers and influencers in Japan’s high-end Retail and Foodservice market supply channels. 

This is an invitation-only event held in the beautiful garden surrounds of the Australian Embassy (Tokyo), and for the first time in Osaka at The Garden Oriental (Osaka is the hub of Kansai Region – Japan’s second largest commercial centre). 

Over 600 Japanese-based decision makers and influencers are due to attend including chefs, sommeliers, and purchasing managers from hotels and restaurants, buyers from retail chains and wholesalers, and industry media representatives. 

This event is a part of the Taste of Australia promotion, designed to profile Australian premium food and beverages in Japan. The 2017 Taste of Australia Menu Competition will be launched at this event.

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