PNG Reg­is­tered En­ti­ties to Ex­port Seafood Di­rectly to China Soon

Fiji Sun - - INTERNATIO­NAL BUSINESS -

More than 70 seafood en­ti­ties in Pa­pua New Guinea (PNG) could ex­port their seafood prod­ucts di­rectly to the Chi­nese mar­ket af­ter ap­proval from China’s su­per­vi­sion de­part­ments.

The 77 en­ti­ties, in­clud­ing:

■ 35 seafood com­pa­nies,

■ 31 cold stor­ages,

■ nine fish­ing ves­sels

■ and two car­ri­ers.

Th­ese are the first group in the in­dus­try got ac­cred­i­ta­tion, af­ter China and PNG signed doc­u­ments on fish­ery co-op­er­a­tion at the third China-Pa­cific is­land coun­tries (PIC) Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Co-op­er­a­tion Fo­rum held in the Samoan cap­i­tal of Apia last Oc­to­ber. Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to PNG Xue Bing said this was an im­por­tant step for fish­ery co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and PNG.

Sup­pli­ers for the Chi­nese mar­ket

He be­lieved more and more PNG com­pa­nies would be­come sup­pli­ers for the Chi­nese mar­ket and more and more high-qual­ity PNG agri­cul­tural prod­ucts would be ex­ported di­rectly to China.

The China-PNG trade re­la­tion­ship would be fur­ther pro­moted af­ter the COVID-19 pan­demic.

“This is a pride mo­ment for our tuna in­dus­try.

“The fu­ture looks very promis­ing with op­por­tu­ni­ties to ac­cess to new mar­kets,” said PNG Min­is­ter for Fish­eries and Ma­rine Re­sources Lino Tom.

Lino told a press con­fer­ence on Mon­day at Port Moresby, that th­ese reg­is­tered com­pa­nies no longer need to go through China’s Hong

Kong or Sin­ga­pore or a third place to ac­cess the Chi­nese seafood mar­ket, which is prob­a­bly one of the big­gest in the world to­day.

De­scrib­ing this co-op­er­a­tion “a mile­stone,” Lino said more PNG com­pa­nies will be added and reg­is­tered by China’s Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cus­toms when the health cer­tifi­cate for live seafood is sub­mit­ted and the ad­min­is­tra­tive re­quire­ments are sat­is­fied.

From left: Min­is­ter for Fish­eries and Ma­rine Re­sources of Pa­pua New Guinea (PNG) Lino Tom (cen­tre) and Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to PNG Xue Bing (sec­ond from left) at­tend a press con­fer­ence in Port Moresby, PNG, on June 15, 2020.

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