Increasing number of inspections squeezing seafood imports in Tianjin
Leading Chinese tilapia producing region Hainan has reported exports of 69,800 tons in the first six months of the year, up 12.9 percent with a rise of 13.2 percent in value terms to USD 250 million (EUR 214 million).
China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) is crediting the region’s rise in seafood exports to a upping of production standards, in part through the establishment of the Chengmai Demonstration Zone, a government-designated processing zone where quality is policed vigorously.
Meanwhile, the port of Tianjin is reporting an unusual drop in seafood volume for the first half of 2017, which appears to stem from increased inspections by the AQSIQ. AQSIQ itself recently acknowledged “increased inspections” and “increased rigor” in its checks.
Tianjin – one of China’s leading ports and about an hour’s drive from Beijing – saw imports drop 12.2 percent in volume to 40,000 tons, while imports were down 28.8 percent in value terms to CNY 110 million (USD 16.3 million, EUR 13.9 million). This suggests that some of the volume may have been switched to other entry points.