CANBERRA: An agreement between CCIC Australia and Gfresh will be signed in Sydney to assist Australian seafood exports to China.
With CCIC’s Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) system and Origin Traceability services, Australian seafood exporters on Gfresh and their Chinese consumers will be given greater confidence in foreign trading.
Seafood exports from Australia traditionally need to go through a lengthy and complicated process in terms of customs clearance and quarantine inspection.
The new China-Australia Free Trade Agreement policies were unable to help when it came to import and export administration.
Services provided by CCIC Australia are mainly through its online PSI system and Origin Traceability Platform. These services are accredited by Chinese authorities and the results of inspections are considered official.
The new agreement will mean Australian exporters can have their seafood inspected locally and the loading process supervised by CCIC surveyors.
Certificates issued as a result of CCIC’s involvement will be accepted by any related authorities at destination ports in China.
The official signing of the agreement will take place at the Australian Seafood Export Seminar, held at Wentworth Sofitel Hotel in Sydney on 24 February.
Keynote speeches will be given by representatives from the seafood and trade industries and guests will include seafood exporters, trade associations and industry consultants.