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Chinese market soon open for Estonian fish products

16. April 2019 - 10:16
Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia Tarmo Tamm and Minister of the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China Ni Yuefeng. Photo: Maaeluministeerium.
Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia Tarmo Tamm and Minister of the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China Ni Yuefeng. Photo: Maaeluministeerium.

Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia, Tarmo Tamm, signed the salmonid protocol with the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) in Dubrovnik on 12 April 2019, which is an important step to opening the Chinese market for Estonian fish products.

A sprat and Baltic herring protocol with China has already been signed in 2016. “Estonia has signed four protocols with China over the past four years: the sprat and Baltic herring, dairy product, poultry meat and now the salmonid protocol. The Estonian food safety and supervision system is on an extremely high level and Chinese inspectors have seen this during their visits to Estonia. The signing of the salmonid protocol will give our entrepreneurs the opportunity to export salmon and trout products to the Chinese market,” Minister Tamm commented.

The Chinese food safety supervision system requires product-based negotiations for protocols with countries interested in export to China, which is a long and time-consuming process. The preparations for the protocol had been ongoing for approximately half a year, ever since inspectors of the GACC visited Estonia in September 2018 and were acquainted with the Estonian food safety and supervision system. After the concertion of the export certification and the registration of enterprises meeting the necessary requirements in accordance with the protocol, Estonian businesses will be able to export their salmon and trout products to China.

“Subsequently, we would like to start negotiations for beef products, which have a vast potential for the Estonian agricultural sector. We have great interest for the export of both value-added and organic products,” Minister Tamm added.

A plan for starting negotiations to open the market for cod products has also been set after accessing the market for beef products. The Estonian long-distance fishing sector with its international marketing channels is extremely interested in this opportunity. In addition, organic grain and organic grain products are in line for possible access to the Chinese market. The prioritisation has been set based on the GACC’s rule to hold negotiations for a single product group at a time.

Photos from the meeting (Government Communication Unit): https://flic.kr/s/aHskQqcrmc

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