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No Chinese ban on Indian seafood imports

Indian exporters of seafood can now breathe a sigh of relief. The Times of India reports that the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has laid to rest all doubts about China banning the export of seafood from India with effect from June 1, 2012. The MPEDA has stated that the Chinese authorities have accepted the format of the inspection and quarantine certification for Indian seafood exports to the country.

The MPEDA and the Export Inspection Council of India (EIC) had sought a discussion with the Chinese authorities via the Indian embassy in Beijing, and the issue of certification has been resolved.

The EIC would be required to issue certificates to the exporters of Indian seafood to China, approving their quality. Apart from this, the MPEDA has clarified that seafood exports to China will not be affected in any way.

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) had declared in May 2011 that all seafood exports to the country would have to be accompanied by an inspection and quarantine certification. This notification had led to wide-spread panic among Indian exporters.

India exports about 90,000 tonnes of seafood to China per annum, which amounts to 11 percent of its total seafood exports. These exports, valued at INR1,151 crore, largely consist of low-value fish products.

Source: The Times of India