Major seafood export breakthrough for PNG

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PNG’S SEAFOOD GAINS DIRECT MARKET ACCESS TO CHINA

The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) has given accreditation for Papua New Guinea to export directly into the Chinese Seafood Market. Previously this has been done through a third country in getting PNG’s marine products into China.

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) together with the Chinese Embassy of Papua New Guinea launched the China Seafood Market on Monday 15 June, 2020, signifying another milestone achievement for the Fisheries sector and the industry to access Chinese seafood market directly.

This achievement is the result of hard work that commenced back in 2015 with the establishment of the Trade Lobby Group, whose aim was to institutionalise the process of looking at alternative markets in diversifying PNG’s export base for important commercial fish species.

77 seafood entities have been registered by the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) to directly export to china. These entities include 35 seafood companies, 31 cold storage, 9 fishing vessels, including general fishing, purse seine and prawn trawlers and 2 reefer carriers. And more companies are expected to be registered once meeting the GACC health, safety and administrative requirements.

China is the world’s largest producer, consumer, importer and exporter of fishery products – handling more than 40% of global production. Imports of seafood products to meet growing in-country consumption are projected to increase. With its fisheries trade reaching well over 21 billion US dollars at a 26.7% growth mid 2019.

Through MOU framework with clearly outline requirements of the trade protocol agreement for seafood exports, a number of administrative and technical requirements were attended to. This saw PNG’s Health Certificate granted in April for dead seafood products and a comprehensive listing of exportable seafood products that will originate from PNG.

Photo Credit: NFA

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