PNG Companies Register to Enter China Seafood Market
Papua New Guinea stands to benefit from direct exports to China, the world’s second largest global seafood importer whose total imports added up to US$15 billion in 2019 alone.
This follows formal registration by the Chinese government for direct imports of fisheries.
Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Dr Lino Tom said this was confirmed two weeks ago through China’s General Administration of Customs.
Dr Tom made this known during the official launch of the country’s Fishing Industry Association accredited to the Marine Stewardship Council, adding that the accreditation would go hand-in-hand with getting more PNG fisheries products registered.
PNG has finally registered by the general administration of China Customs in all entry and exit ports to receive dead seafood exports from PNG.
He described this as a milestone achievement.
In the registry, we have six processing plants and cold storages, nine fishing vessels and two reefer carriers who can now directly export to the Chinese Seafood market.
“More companies will be added as I am told pending administrative requirements,” Dr Tom said.
The MSC accreditation is in line with the government directives to further develop market access for exports and entry into feasible trade agreements.
“As we develop new markets our MSC Certified fish and marine products will enhance our reputation, afford us better visibility, secure new markets, and secure new promotional opportunities, driven by increasing demand for fish caught from healthy, and environmentally friendly and managed fisheries, said Dr Tom.
National Fisheries Authority managing director John Kasu said the Chinese market access is a larger one that is not limited just to tuna but will focus on dried fisheries products.
“This opening basically it is mostly for the dried products,” Mr Kasu said.
“The live products, the live fish is not yet and it is something that we are working on.
“It is also the right timing to have this market access open.”