China stopped importing many batches of pangasius from Vietnam because of COVID-19 detection

Pangasius is being processed at a factory in Vietnam

Many shipments of pangasius from Vietnam to China were said to be infected with COVID-19, so China Customs applied a measure to suspend import.

The Saigon Economic newspaper network reported on May 30, citing a source from a deputy general director of an enterprise in the industry as mentioned above.

Specifically, it was reported that according to the list released by China Customs on May 27, there were nine Vietnamese pangasius exporters suspended from exporting to China because on the package and the product were detected infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus by the importing country authorities.

According to Chinese Customs regulations, for every imported shipment found to be infected with COVID-19, exporting enterprises must be stopped from importing for one week.

The Chinese side also stipulates that if a container is found to be infected with COVID-19 and the enterprise is notified to stop importing from time to time, corresponding to the number of containers with infected products; shipments of the same business, even though they have been exported, will also be returned.

The enterprise said that a container of frozen pangasius exported to China costs from VND1.1-VND1.2 billion; If the goods are brought to the port and then returned, the business will have to lose about VND700 million-VND800 million.

The measure of the Chinese authorities is said to be to implement the ‘Zero COVID’ policy of the Beijing government.

Statistics of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) show that in April 2022, Vietnam’s seafood exports to China more than doubled over the same period, reaching $216 million. Accumulated seafood exports to this market by the end of April 2022 reached about $578 million, up 94% over the same period last year. Which, pangasius alone accounts for 53% of the total seafood export turnover to the Chinese market. (Translated)

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