Sino –SL quarantine and quality protocol to boost marine product exports
Sri Lanka government has taken necessary measures to enhance marine product exports to China adhering to Chinese quarantine and quality protocols.
The cabinet has given permission to set up quarantine and quality protocols to export sea cucumber and other aquatic products to China.
A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the General Administration of Customs China and the Ministry of Fisheries to set up the protocols in Sri Lanka.
The Chinese customs unit has given permission to Sri Lanka to export 33 food products and 29 of those are aquatic products
38 Sri Lankan companies are currently exporting these aquatic products as there is a big demand for it in the Chinese market.Specially for products such as sea cucumbers there is high demand in India and China..”
The government will release 5000 acres in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Batticaloa districts for cucumber cultivation as it’s a high priced delicacy in China and Korea, a kilo fetching about 40,000 rupees.
At the time, senior official said if the project is successful it can generate a billion US dollars.
Sri Lanka is planning to re-enter the US $ 15 billion Chinese seafood market following a resolution of issues connected to mandatory health certification.
The General Administration Customs of China (GACC) recently approved the amended health certificate, thereby enabling the import of fisheries and aquatic products from Sri Lanka
With the involvement of the Export Development Board (EDB) Department of Fisheries and the Sri Lanka Embassy in China, the certificate was upgraded to meet the quarantine requirements of the GACC – Import and Export Food Safety Bureau.
Seafood and aquaculture export products are required to obtain necessary clearance from the relevant authorities of the importing country.
“China is a lucrative market for seafood and aquaculture products such as frozen fish, crabs, prawns, lobsters and sea cucumbers. This arrangement will strengthen Sri Lanka’s seafood export market share in China,” EDB Chairman Suresh de Mel said.
He said the amended health certificate would facilitate existing Sri Lankan companies to continue exports and new exporters to enter the lucrative Chinese market.
China is a key player in global seafood trade and represents one of the largest producers, consumers, importers, and exporters of seafood in the world. China›s consumption has steadily grown and shifted toward an increasing quantity of high-value marine species.
“There is a significant increase in our seafood exports to China, particularly shellfish. With the Chinese consumption pattern, there is more demand for Sri Lankan crabs, shrimp and prawns and lobster than tuna and swordfish, which are generally exported in larger quantities to other markets. The key reason for this is their food culture and preference,” de Mel said.