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China okays restarting of live shrimp imports

Released at: 09:14, 21/04/2016

China okays restarting of live shrimp imports

Imports from Vietnam banned in May 2015 are to officially begin again.

by Thien Huong

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has officially permitted four live tiger shrimp packaging facilities and 14 black tiger shrimp farms in Vietnam to restore live black tiger shrimp exports to the country.

AQSIQ banned imports of live black tiger shrimp from Vietnam on May 2, 2015 amid fears of disease. The Ministry of Industry and Trade, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Embassy of Vietnam in China, urged the country to quickly reconsider and remove the ban.

AQSIQ has actually allowed packaging facilities and black tiger shrimp farms in Vietnam to export products to China since late last year.

Figures from the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) reveal that Vietnam’s shrimp exports to China have increased as exports to other main markets have declined.

In the opening months of the year the volume of shrimp exported to China has maintained the growth rate seen in 2015. China is now the second largest-shrimp export market for Vietnam, following the US.

This may represent a shift by Vietnam shrimp exporters away from traditional markets because of the high demand in China. The Chinese Government is encouraging its domestic enterprises to import raw shrimp for processing and exporting to cover the domestic shortfall caused by disease.

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