AQSIQ Announcement No.183 about Administrative Measures on Entry Inspection and Quarantine of Aquatic Animals
Wayne Haggar (Deputy Chair STAG) emailed the Department of Agriculture seeking clarification on the following points:
- at this stage believe we have had no notification from the Dept. of Ag. regarding Australian processors having to re-register? Are the Chinese authorities going to initially accept all current registrations? if not what is the process as the 6 month requirement for approval prior to the introduction of the new legislation has already passed
- that inspection will remain based on the current “random” inspection mode
- Inspection of live seafood without clear criteria regarding process for handling of product, confirmed time requirements for inspection after arrival, along with clearance and pick-up procedures for importers would place great doubt on the viability of the live trade For example, opening of oxygenated bags of live Abalone will increase mortalities to possibly an unacceptable level.
- delays in inspection (24-30 hours after arrival) would imply potential total mortality.
- what is the protocol for handling of product while awaiting test results.
The department have responded to these questions advising that based on the responses they received from industries to their notification of Decree No. 44 (above legislation) they had sought clarification from China on enactment and required processes to comply with the new regulations. Unfortunately to date they have not received any reply from AQSIQ.
We are continuing to work with the Department to seek an urgent response from AQSIQ that Australian seafood will not be refused entry based on non registration of the export establishment under the new legislation requirements, along with clarification on the above points.