Those companies must commit to following the law, regulations and standards drawn up by China.
The Export-Import Agency (Ministry of Industry and Trade) said the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China has just posted on its website the list of 665 Vietnamese seafood companies that are now allowed to export to China. They are located in 40 provinces and cities in Vietnam and were submitted to the Chinese authority by the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam. They are requested to follow the law, regulations and standards provided by China.
The General Administration of Customs of China mentioned 15 seafood companies that are prohibited from exporting to China. Their commodities will be returned when arriving at Chinese ports or harbors. Those companies exclude the ones that were shut down, merged, or sold to others in the industry.
There have been positive comments on Chinese websites that Vietnam’s seafood exports to China have been in order since the two countries strictly followed the regulations of bilateral border gate trade.
All Vietnamese seafood shipment exported to China must be enclosed with the certificate of food safety and verified by Vietnamese management agencies. Any shipment without a food safety certificate will not be granted customs clearance.
To ensure the sustainable growth of seafood export in the future, the competent authorities are adhering to the Agreement of Cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China that was signed to control food safety of domestic seafood products and imported ones.
The two countries will regularly provide and exchange information related to quality regulations and standards, the list of seafood companies, food safety certificates, and traceability. This will prove the determined effort of Vietnamese institutes in satisfying China’s requirements and help create a basis for the bilateral seafood import-export to be in the right order.