PNG To Access China’s Seafood Market
Papua New Guinea will now be able to sell its fisheries products to China’s lucrative seafood market.
This was made possible following a signing of an agreement between the National Fisheries Authority and the Chinese Embassy in PNG yesterday.
Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Dr Lino Tom described this as a milestone for the sector as accreditation as an approved country by China customs to export its seafood directly to mainland China.
Dr Lino said this achievement is the result of hard work that started in 2015 with the establishment of the trade lobby group, whose aim was to institutionalise the process of looking at alternative markets in diversifying export base for PNG’s important commercial fish species.
“I am honoured that we have moved closer to achieving our policy directive as we now have 77 seafood entities that have been officially registered by the general administration of China custom (GACC) to directly export to China,” he said.
“The Chinese seafood market presents the greatest opportunity to tap and promote the country’s coastal, inland and aquaculture sector apart from the already developed tuna market.”
He also pointed out that though the Covid-19 pandemic has put breaks on global demand generally, PNG should position itself to benefit from China’s global developed strategy including reforms to open up markets.
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Xue Bing said China customs has acknowledged NFA’s recommended 77 fishery products and companies to be registered in China in April.
Ambassador Xue said China and PNG enjoy a bilateral relation which provides a basic foundation for economic and trade relations.
“China is a big market and the middle income earners are increasing at a rapid pace thus the population is looking for quality products,” he said.
“I think PNG is in a position to produce and provide to us the quality we are looking for especially fisheries (seafood).
“This is because you have two million square kilometres of sea areas and produce the very fine marine products including tuna fish so that’s all the product we need.”
Ambassador Xue said this is the first step of more corporations to come in the area of agriculture and fisheries sector.