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Report on Cross-border E-commerce in China

SafeFish Update

Update on the Australian Trade Agreement Negotiations

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The work undertaken by SafeFish on an annual basis is determined by a triennial prioritisation process. This process reviews all emerging and current food safety and trade and market access issues for seafood industry, considers which ones can be practically addressed, and prioritises them. Funds are then directed towards two high priority projects per annum.
SafeFish is entering a prioritisation cycle in July. Identification of issues is made through multiple pathways (e.g. trade detentions, Fisheries and Aquaculture sectors/regulator feedback, Codex etc.) 

This represents an opportunity for each stakeholder to raise food safety and market access issues of concern for them for consideration by SafeFish. Please contact SafeFish between July and August 2016 to raise your issue.
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14 JULY 2016 - Seafood Trade Matters

Welcome
to the July edition of Seafood Trade Matters, bringing you, Australian Seafood Exporters, the most up to date news about trade issues that matter to your business. In this edition we have a report on changes in Cross-Border E-commerce in China, an update on SafeFish activities and a report on the current Australian Trade Agreement Negotiations, we hope you find it a useful and informative read!

New systems of Cross-border E-Commerce and Personal Postal Articles


In March 2016, the China Ministry of Finance, along with AQSIQ (Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine), China Ministry of Agriculture and other Chinese government departments announced that China would change the tax rules of the online purchases of goods from overseas from 8 April 2016. The Chinese government released the first and second positive lists effective respectively from 8 April and 16 April 2016 (Annex Table 1: Extracts of first and second positive lists for the cross-border e-commerce in seafood). The requirements for documentation for most online purchases of most goods from overseas have also been changed.  In addition, new taxes have been imposed on postal article from overseas. Read more
 

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 – July 2016
 
Technical Work Program
SafeFish supports two small research projects each year. This year the projects are:
  1. International validation of rapid test kits for paralytic shellfish toxins in bivalve shellfish. This will be conducted through an inter-laboratory validation study, led by SafeFish in collaboration with the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science (UTAS) and Belfast University. SafeFish funds are being leveraged through a Package Assisting Small Exporters Grant with the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources. The project application has been successful, but the contracting is yet to come through. The rapid test kits have potential to be used with other seafood species, but will need to be validated for each species.
  2. Industry guide to dealing with food safety hazards associated with minimally processed, extended shelf-life chilled product e.g. pouched product. This will address packaging techniques and food safety hazards, in particular Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes.  
Sulphites in Canned Abalone
 SafeFish has provided advice to the abalone industry to assist with their application to the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission (CNHFPC) to allow entry of abalone cans containing sulphites.
Harmonisation of Biotoxin Regulatory Limits for Bivalves with International Standards
SafeFish is working with the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Advisory Committee to prepare a submission to FSANZ to bring Australian marine biotoxin maximum permissible levels for bivalve molluscs listed in the Food Standards Code into alignment with Codex and other international regulations.

Read more about the activities of SafeFish, inlcuding recent and up and coming events, the new SafeFish Charter and prioritisation of work for 2016-17 in the full report available here

Seafood Trade Advisory Group - Update on the Australian Trade Agreement Negotiations


The STAG was established by Abalone and Rock lobster exporters to give you a unified voice when advocating for trade and market issues in key Asian export markets. The group acts as a conduit between industry and government. 

The Chair of the STAG, Wayne Haggar, has prepared an update on the current Australian Trade Agreement Negotiations, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. (IA-CEPA), Singapore-Australia FTA, and the latest news on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. (TPP)


Please follow this link for the full report
 

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