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Seafood trade   Michael Creed and Zhi Shuping

Creed opens China for Ireland's live crab exports

Zhi ShupingMinister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced a significant step in Ireland’s seafood exports to China, following a meeting with Chinese Minister Zhi Shuping in Dublin recently.

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The Ministers reached agreement to the proposed certificate to accompany consignments of crab exports and the agreement should facilitate the resumption of the crab trade between Ireland and China.

China has become an extremely important market for Irish seafood and restoration of this trade is seen as particularly important for Irish seafood exporters ahead of BREXIT.

The Irish authorities (SFPA) and the Chinese authorities (AQSIQ) have reached technical agreement on a methodology designed to resolve the issue of certification of live crab exports to China.

This agreement is built around implementation of a national monitoring programme of live crab intended for export to China. The SFPA will implement the monitoring programme and certification will be built upon these criteria.

As heretofore the Chinese authorities will continue to monitor consignments arriving in China and the SFPA will liaise with Irish industry to apprise seafood exporters of specific requirements to recommence live crab trade with China.

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