Exporter Resources

The following resources were developed in 2016/17 and are based on translations from the original Chinese language documents. They may have changed or been updated since then. Exporters should do their own investigations to ensure the information is relevant to their business situation before taking any action.

China Toolbox

Food Standards & Laws for importing Seafood to China

Regulations and information on import requirements for Australian Seafood businesses exporting to China are constantly changing, and sometimes difficult to interpret or locate. The Seafood Trade Advisory Group has produced a series of easy to use handbooks providing up to date information about food regulations in relation to Food Safety for Seafood in China.

A summary document explains China’s Food Safety Laws (at August 2017) and a series of documents containing food labelling standards and requirements, Quarantine and Inspection Regulations, specific import requirements for 5 major cities and Cross-border E-commerce (CBEC) procedures.

This information is constantly changing so If you have any questions in relation to these documents, exporting seafood to China or issues you would like the STAG to address, please contact us.

Food Standards for Seafood in China

Food Regulations for Seafood in China

Cross-Border E-Commerce (CBEC)

Inspection and Quarantine Regulations

Food Standards for Seafood in China

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List of Approved Species (China)

Food Standards & Laws for importing Seafood to China

Available for download here is the list of Aquatic Species that are currently on the approved import list.

This list is up to date at October 2017

Please contact us for an update or further information

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Seafood Safety

Australian Seafood, It’s Safe

Australia’s comprehensive multi-tiered food safety system has enabled us to gain a well deserved reputation for producing safe food.  It is something we are proud of and work hard to maintain.

The STAG has produced a series of videos to promote our excellent Seafood Safety systems and to educate the Asian supply chain about the measures we have in place to ensure that our seafood is as safe as possible when it leaves Australian shores. These videos are available in Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese, as well as English. Please contact us to request a copy of the video file, it is a useful tool for training and to pass on to your customers and consumers in Asia.

Seafood Safety videos

These Food Standards handbooks are a resource for Australian seafood exporters, funded by the Abalone Council Australia Ltd, Southern Rocklobster Ltd, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, through the Package Assisting Small Exporters. ​

Facts Sheets

This SafeFish resource contains a collection of informative fact sheets for a number of food safety hazards that may affect seafood in Australia. These sheets include a short summary on the hazard, its prevalence of outbreaks in Australia, the dose required to cause illness, the symptoms associated with illness, inactivation and prevention strategies, detection methods and the Australian regulatory requirements for these hazards. The report is available in English for download here.

For further information:
Alison Turnbull – Program Manager, alison.turnbull@sa.gov.au

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STAG Technical Exchange – Sulphur Dioxide in Canned Abalone
​Technical Exchange Visit – Shanghai, Beiji

Other Useful Resources

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