According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the system of guidelines for registration of plant-based food exports to China (CIFER), under the General Administration of Customs of China, has officially approved adding 23 seafood processing facilities in Vietnam is allowed to export to China.
Source: Vietnam Government Portal
Accumulated to the beginning of 2023, the CIFER system of the General Administration of Customs of China has recorded 802 Vietnamese enterprises that are eligible to export seafood to this country.
In 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue to handle problems related to registering enterprises exporting to China on the CIFER system, adding products to the List of products allowed to be exported to China, and coordinating with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. In addition, Chinese authorities continue to handle cases of seafood shipments being warned in the import market.
The fact that more seafood enterprises are allowed to export seafood to China when the country has just opened its economy promises to contribute to bringing seafood export turnover to a market of more than one billion people.
The Import-Export Department (Ministry of Industry and Trade) said that by 2023, Chinese people will have adapted to COVID-19. However, demand is expected to remain low as the three-year epidemic decreases the incomes of most people households. Therefore, Vietnam's seafood exports to China are expected to slow, especially in the year's first half.
On January 8, 2023, China's National Administration of Market Regulation officially stopped testing and disinfecting COVID-19 for frozen and chilled foods. At the same time, China Customs has also stopped testing for COVID-19 on frozen and chilled shipments arriving at Chinese ports. As a result, the cost of importing frozen and chilled seafood into China will be reduced compared to the past.
"In the second half of 2023, the opening of the Chinese economy is likely to take effect, the economy will recover more positively, and people's income will increase, supporting seafood consumption. Therefore, Vietnam's seafood exports to the Chinese market in the second half of 2023 will be better than the first half of the year," said the Import-Export Department.
Previously, in 2022, Vietnam's seafood exports to the Chinese market increased sharply compared to 2021 despite the country's "Zero COVID" policy. Specifically, Vietnam's seafood exports to the Chinese market in 2022 will reach 477,000 tons, equivalent to nearly $1.6 billion, up 33% in volume and 61% in value compared to 2021.
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