China gets first shipment of farmed bluefin from Japan
A Chinese seafood trading firm has announced what it says is the country’s first import of farmed Japanese bluefin tuna.
A 56.8 kg fish worth CNY 20,000 (USD 2,937; EUR 2,619) arrived at Yantai airport last week from Kyushu in Japan, according to Shandong Zhong Lu Yuan Yong (Yantai) Foodstuffs, which handled the import for a local distributor.
Chinese demand for tuna is opening a new market for Japanese tuna, according to Hou Ren Jie, general manager of Lang Yue International Logistics Co., the end buyer, which will distribute the tuna nationwide. The opening up of customs at regional airports like Yantai has “made imports of tuna and other perishable, high value seafood more convenient and predictable,” according to Hou.
Only a few firms are licensed to formally import seafood into China.