RAPID ALERT: Request from the FRDC for feedback on the key species the Australian fishing sector would like to export to China
Dear STAG Members
Please see email below from Peter Horvat - General Manager, Communications, Trade and Marketing, from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) for your attention.
Dear Seafood Producer
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is seeking feedback from seafood producers and exporters on the key species the Australian fishing sector would like to export to China.
The FRDC are undertaking this project to assist the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) to better understand the needs for industry and in particular the key species that should be on the China importation list.
Importing country requirements
Some of Australia’s trading partners place additional requirements on establishments seeking to export into their markets. For further information see importing country requirements on MICoR (Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) http://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/micor).
For example, an importing country may impose a requirement for listing. This means that the importing country will maintain a list of establishments that are allowed to export to them. In the case of China, all Australian export registered seafood establishments must be listed by China in accordance with China's Provisions on the Administration of the Registration of Foreign Manufacturers of Imported Foods.
In addition, China has published a list of aquatic species which are eligible for export from Australia to China. This list can be accessed here -http://pub.fsciq.cn/approval/SitePages/shuichanpin.aspx. (Note: the page is in Chinese. If opened and viewed in Google Chrome there is an option to do a simple translation of the webpage).
The project will help identify and prioritise the key species for the Department to work on getting onto the list.
The project will explore three key areas:
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I am happy to answer any questions on the survey or the project.
Communications, Trade and Marketing
Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
Seafood industry workshop - Expressions of interest and opportunity to provide feedback and ideas for the new NEXDOC & ER systems.
This is a once in 20 year opportunity for industry to influence the design of the export documentation system – the current system has been operating for 22 years. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources are planning a complete ground up redesign of the systems so all industry people who have any issues with the current system need to participate in the consultation process.
To date the attendance by the Seafood industry has been extremely low, so please register for the opportunity to participate. The Department of Agriculture have issued the following notice for expressions of interest in the consultation meetings. We have been advised that the next meeting is Friday 29th June in Melbourne.
NEXDOC - Seafood industry workshop - Expressions of interest
The NEXDOC project team are coming to (WA/SA/QLD/NSW/TAS) during July & August to provide an update on the new system and what if offers for seafood export clients.
This is your opportunity to provide feedback & ideas on what you’d like to see in the new NEXDOC & ER systems.
Included in the new system is an online portal that will enable clients to deal directly with the department for their certification requirements if they so choose.
Please advise us by return email (to: Enhanced Traceability Project) if you are interested in attending the session and we will forward an invitation once date and venue details are finalised.
Thank you & kind regards
Enhanced Traceability Project Team (NEXDOC)
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
18 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
RAPID ALERT 1: China to Reduce Import Tariff Rates of Seafood from All WTO Members as of 1st June 2018
Kuaibao, 1st June 2018
The State Council of China held a General Affairs Meeting on the 31st May 2018, and made a decision to reduce the import tariff rates of daily necessities including seafood from all WTO members as of the 1st June 2018.
The average tariff rates of more than 200 seafood tariff items will be reduced from 15.2% to 6.9%.
KEY POINT OF RAPID ALERT 1:
The tariff reductions will not directly impact on seafood from Australia because of the bilateral FTA between Australia and China. However, they will reduce the tariff rates of other seafood competitors, such as Norway, USA, Canada, Russia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, and other WTO members (who have not yet reached FTAs with China).
The tariff reductions will enable seafood from those countries to become more competitive in the Chinese market, and are likely to indirectly impact Australian seafood exports to China.
RAPID ALERT 2: China to Impose Additional 25% Tariffs on 659 US Goods Including Seafood Worth $50 Billion in Response to the US Imposition of Tariffs
Chinese Seafood Guide, 16th June 2018
On the 15th June 2018, the USA Administration announced the list of Chinese import goods worth $50 billion on which the US would impose tariffs.
In response, the Chinese Government announced on the 16thJune 2018 the imposition of an additional 25% tariffs on 659 US goods including seafood worth $50 billion from the 6th July 2018.
KEY POINT OF RAPID ALERT 2:
In the future, there may be less US Boston Lobsters and other seafood in the Chinese market.