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China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Announced Regulations for Report /Tipoff about Illegal Activities Concerning Ecommerce Transaction Prices on Pilot Basis

NDRC, 3 November 2016

On 3 November 2016, NDRC announced Regulations for Report/Tipoff about Illegal Activities Concerning Ecommerce Transaction Prices on Pilot Basis. The Regulations will enter into force from 1 January 2017, and will be implemented on pilot basis for one year. The NDRC has received tipoffs and complaints from consumers about illegal activities in ecommerce transaction prices. The illegal activities of ecommerce transaction prices have happened to fresh and raw food, including seafood in China.
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CNCA Has Suspended the Registration of Australian Viplus Dairy and Camperdown Dairy in China

Sina, 10 November 2016

On 4 November 2016, China Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) suspended the registration of Australian Viplus Dairy in China. That means that the company has lost the licence of relevant dairy products in China. However, CNCA did not specify the cause of suspension. It might be due to the company’s failure in passing the inspection. Earlier, in August 2016, the registration of Australian Camperdown Dairy was also suspended by CNCA. It was reported that Staphylococcus aureus and coliform bacteria had exceeded maximum level in products imported from Australian Camperdown Dairy Company Pty Ltd.
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Delegation from Korean Abalone Associations Visited Zoneco in Dalian City China, to Explore Cooperation in Abalone industry

China Ministry of Commerce, 13 October 2016

During 4-6 November 2016, a delegation of Korean Abalone Export Association, Korean Abalone Marketing Association, and Abalone Association from Korean Jindo (Island) County visited Zoneco in Dalian City, Liaoning Province China, to explore concepts and patterns of cooperation in Abalone industry. It was reported that Zoneco had signed a strategic cooperative agreement with Korea Abalone associations in May 2016. First consignment of Abalone was transported from Jeollanam-do Korea to Dalian City, Liaoning Province, northeast China. Up to now, three consignments of more than 50 tonnes of Korean Abalone have been transported to Dalian City north-east China for processing, which would later enter international markets.
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Salmon Companies from Chile Have Grasped Retail and Ecommerce Markets in China

Efoods, 8 November 2016

New World Currents (NWC), established by four Salmon companies from Chile in 2014, are now preparing to meet growing demands from retail and ecommerce markets in China. The four are:  Australis Seafoods, Cultivos Yadran, Pesquera Camanchaca, and Blumar. NWC has signed a MOU with Kerry, a logistic company in Hong Kong, to develop business in Hong Kong and Macau. NWC has also signed a cooperative agreement with a B2B company and a B2C one, but has not specified the names of the latter. NWC has also developed cooperation with an aquatic company in Wuhan City, Hubei Province China. NWC started exports of frozen Salmon to China from October 2014. The export quantities have grown sharply ever since. Its sales are expected to reach US$ 50 million this year, twice the amount two years ago. The quantities increased from 5 thousand tonnes last year to 6 thousand tonnes this year. Chile accounts for about 36% of Salmon market share in China.These rely on commercial cargo planes and passenger planes via different routes. Products of NWC can be transported from Chile to any intended city in China within four days.
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Disputes over Increase in Prices of Young Abalone Were Settled through Official Mediation in Dongshan County, Fujian Province, China

Fjsen, 3 November 2016

Chencheng Township, Dongshan County, Fujian Province, China is a large aquaculture township, particularly in Abalone farm, with an annual Abalone production value of nearly 200 million RMB yuan.  In recent two years, due to unstable prices of young Abalone, the increases in prices of young Abalone have resulted in numerous “troubles”. It is reported that usually owners of Abalone farm will discuss with customers in January at the beginning of every year about contracts of selling young Abalone, and carry out the contracts at the end of March. However, due to sharp increase in the prices of young Abalone, some owners of Abalone farms changed their mind, and played games by hiding relatively larger-size and better-quality young Abalone, and replacing them with smaller ones, or raising the prices. These behaviours disrupted the market, led to disputes, and made negative impacts on young Abalone trade market in Chencheng Township. With respect to the issues, the judiciary departments of Dongshan County have played their roles of public mediation, and timely settled civil disputes.
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Alibaba Invests in Online Seafood Marketplace Gfresh

SeafoodSource, 4 November 2016

Gfresh, an online business-to business seafood marketplace, has received a USD 20 million (EUR 18 million) investment from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.
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Indonesia- Authorities Crack Down on Lobster Illegal Trade

The Jakarta Post, 27 October 2016

Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti and National Police’s special crimes director Brig. Gen. Purwadi show on Thursday lobster seeds that had been in the process of being smuggled to Singapore and Vietnam.
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TPP appears dead with Trump heading to White House

The Japan Times

The stunning victory of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election has dealt a fatal blow to the prospect of seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement passed by the U.S. Congress anytime soon, according to the pact’s supporters and opponents.
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Panel defers accord on Japan-proposed fishing limit of bluefin tuna

The Japan Times, 2 September 2016

Wrapping up a five-day meeting in Kyushu on Friday, an international fisheries panel deferred an agreement to invoke emergency fishing restrictions for bluefin tuna in the northern Pacific amid concerns that the species is dwindling due to overfishing.
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Make sale of sustainable seafood mandatory in wet markets

Straits Times, 9 November 2016 - Amelia Yam Ting Yu (Miss)

Singapore is a global food paradise, and Singaporeans take their food seriously. Hence, the fact that three out of four popular seafood species eaten here are environmentally unsustainable is shocking and cannot be taken lightly. We need to start making the switch to sustainable seafood. I commend Hilton Singapore and Grand Hyatt for switching to sustainable seafood and setting an example for others. Many Singaporeans buy fresh seafood from supermarkets or wet markets. Unfortunately, the products do not have the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) labels, which indicate that the seafood was responsibly farmed and harvested.

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