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China suspends 6 Indian marine firms’ shipments for a week

Export of frozen seafood items from six India marine organizations has been suspended by China after new coronavirus nucleic acid have been detected on the packaging products of their shipments.

China has also turned down the consignments from these companies.

The General Administration of Customs of China has suspended accepting of aquatic items of these six companies for a period of one week after traces of the virus have been observed on the outer packages of the seafood items of their consignments.

No evidence

But there has been no affirmation report or proof or evidence given to conclude the existence of nucleic acid on the seafood consignments, exporter marketplace sources told BusinessLine.

Very last year, the Maritime Solutions Exports Advancement Authority (MPEDA) had questioned the Chinese notification inquiring them on the parameters, testing techniques and methods that had led them to detect the existence of the nucleic acid.

The Chinese authorities had issued a notification in September 2020 after detecting the existence of nucleic acid on the seafood packaging products. Then, Indian exporters have been told that this sort of consignments will be suspended for one week in the function of the 1st detection. In situation, a firm was observed at fault again, they the suspension would be for one month.

MPEDA to form out difficulty

MPEDA has taken up the difficulty with the Chinese authorities by convening a meeting someday next week to tide more than the crisis, sources claimed.

Meanwhile, the seafood exporters are holding their fingers crossed more than the developments at a time when the marine products shipments to China have witnessed a phenomenal growth given that March. China is the next largest current market after the US, fetching earnings to the tune of ₹7,000 crore in the very last fiscal.

Shaji Toddler John, Chairman, Kings Group of Firms, a primary seafood exporter, claimed that China has mainly managed the spread of the coronavirus. However, there are instances of virus spreading in South China, forcing the authorities to action up the vigil. This has prompted the Customs authorities to reinforce the monitoring of all imported cargo.

Enhanced acceptance

Of late, Indian seafood consignments are acquiring improved acceptance in the Chinese marketplaces mainly because of the large scarcity of uncooked products. But the testing has resulted in the slowing of the current market, thereby payments are acquiring delayed from the consignees. Indian seafood exporters are fetching fantastic orders, as it is the peak season for exports to China mainly because of the Vannamei shrimp harvest in India, Shaji included.