Copy
Seafood Trade Advisory Group update
View this email in your browser
STAG ‘News Bites’ contain informal translations of Asian media. If you would like more information about the articles below, please contact the original source.

CHINA

China AQSIQ Decree No.183 (Administrative Measures on Entry Inspection and Quarantine of Aquatic Animals)


AQSIQ, 29 July 2016

On 26 July 2016, China General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) issued Decree No. 183 on the newly amended Administrative Measures on Entry Inspection and Quarantine of Aquatic Animals. On 1 September 2016, Decree No. 183 shall replace Decree No. 44 which has been effective from 1 November 2003.
(Read more)

Announcement No 74-2016 on Implementation of the System for Designated Ports of Entry for Aquatic Food Animals


AQSIQ, 29 July 2016

On 29 July 2016, China General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) made Announcement No 74-2016 on Implementation of the System for Designated Ports of Entry for Aquatic Food Animals. The Announcement shall enter into force from date of issue-29 July 2016. Announcement No 74-2016 is relevant to AQSIQ Decree No.183 (Administrative Measures on Entry Inspection and Quarantine of Aquatic Animals) issued on 26 July 2016.
 (Read more)

Rapid Clearance by Tianjin CIQ in Tianjin Port China for Import of Chilled Seafood 


Xinhuanet, 23 August 2016

Tianjin CIQ under China General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) in Tianjin City of north China have conducted measures of rapid clearance for import of chilled seafood. The measures are: “Declaration during the Air Transportation of Consignment, and Clearance upon the Landing”, and booking for inspection on overtime at any period of 24 hours a day. The meaning of “Declaration during the Air Transportation of Consignment, and Clearance upon the Landing” is: during the air transportation of a consignment, a relevant company may make declarations to the Customs online system, and afterwards can get clearance upon the landing of the consignment. As a result, the inspection efficiency has been greatly enhanced. Of late, Tianjin CIQ granted a rapid clearance for a consignment of chilled Salmon from Chile involving a total weight of nearly 4 tons worth US$ 40 thousand.
(Read more)

Seafood Smuggled into China - reported on CCTV


China Central Television (CCTV), 21 August 2016

On 21 August 2016, the Qingdao Customs of east China's Shandong Province disclosed the cracking of a smuggling case involving a total weight of over 5,000 tons of frozen seafood, worth 230 million RMB yuan. Some of the comb shell, King Crab and fish on sale were transported to Shandong Province by some vehicles of Guangxi license plate (Guangxi is a provincial-level region in southern China bordering Vietnam). Some smuggled seafood entered China in disguise of border trade between China and Vietnam. The seafood was smuggled via Vietnam, for evasion of not only tax but also inspection and quarantine, because some of the smuggled seafood were from the areas suffering from Japan Fukushima Nuclear Crisis. The import of the seafood from those areas was banned by China General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). According to evidence, parts of smuggled seafood at risks of diseases and nuclear radiation pollution might have been transferred to seafood markets in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shandong, Tianjin and other parts of China.
(Read more)

Use of Sodium Metabisulphite in Prawns, Shrimps, Crabs and Products


CNHFPC, 8 August 2016

China National Health and Family Planning Commission (CNHFPC) has included Sodium Metabisulphite, as a food additive, in the National Food Safety Standard-Standard for Use of Food Additives (GB 2760), so that the use can be expanded to some seafood.  The use in seafood was banned previously under the national food safety standard in China. As included, the use of Sodium Metabisulphite has been expanded to fresh aquatic products (only limited to marine prawns, shrimps, crabs and products) (Food Category 09.01), and frozen aquatic products (only limited to marine prawns, shrimps, crabs and products) (Food Category 09.02).
(Read more)

Report by China Cuisine Association on restaurant business in China from January to July 2016


China Cuisine Association (CCA), 25 August 2016

From January to July 2016, the total income of restaurant business in China amounted to 2 trillion RMB yuan, up by 11.2% over the same period of 2015. Of that, the income of the high-end restaurants (in the category of annual income level above 2 million RMB yuan categorised by the Government) amounted to 0.5 trillion RMB yuan, up by 6.5%. 
(Read more)

SOUTH KOREA

S. Korea's Imports of Norwegian Mackerel Up 73%


Yonhap News, 23 August 2016

South Korea's imports of Norwegian mackerel rose 73 percent in the first six months of this year from a year earlier, data showed Wednesday, as the Asian country banned catches of mackerel in its waters for one month during the first half.
(Read more)
 

JAPAN

Japan Urges Hong Kong to Lift Ban on Food from Areas near Fukushima Plant


The Japan Times, 16 August 2016

Japan Agricultural minister Yuji Yamamoto said in Hong Kong on Thursday that he has requested the territory to lift a food ban that restricts imports from five Japanese prefectures most affected by a radiation-leak scare following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011
(Read more)

HONG KONG

Hongkongers Queue All Night for Shot at HK$7,000 Abalone


South China Morning Post, 11 August 2016

Richard Poon Kuen-fai, director of On Kee Dry Seafood, which organised the competition, said the contest was held to wish the city good luck in the year ahead.
(Read more)
 

G-Fresh is Launching in Hong Kong


www.gfresh.com 29 August 2016

This will be the first time buyers outside of China will have access to the world's largest online seafood marketplace and likewise, suppliers all over the world will be able to sell their seafood online through G-Fresh directly into Hong Kong! G-Fresh will be at Seafood Expo Asia in Wanchai, Hong Kong from the 5th-8th of September. 

STAG News Bites are available at http://www.seafoodtradeadvisory.com
 

STAG ‘News Bites’ is a resource for Australian seafood exporters, funded by the Abalone Council Australia Ltd, Southern Rocklobster Ltd, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, through the Package Assisting Small Exporters.
@SeafoodTAG
@SeafoodTAG
www.seafoodtradeadvisory.com
www.seafoodtradeadvisory.com
SUBSCRIBE TO STAG NEWS BITES
Copyright © 2016 Seafood Trade Advisory Group, All rights reserved.
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp