China Suspends Import of Frozen Seafood from Indian Firms

23 June 2021
China Import Data

China has recently suspended the import of frozen seafood products from six Indian marine export companies after traces of coronavirus found on the packaging. China, who is world’s second-largest export destination of Indian seafood with market share of 17%, took the decision in view of Covid-19 pandemic. According to Export Genius China import data, China imported seafood worth USD 894 million in 2020. China’s biggest competitor, the United States of America imported Indian seafood worth USD 1,861 million.


China has been testing imported frozen food products from all over the world and suspended imports from companies after finding traces of the virus on the packaging. India is China’s 4th biggest import partner of seafood products. Top 3 seafood importers of China are Russia, Ecuador and Vietnam.


China’s Imports Indian Seafood (2017-2020)


From 2017 to 2019, China reported the biggest jump in imports of Indian seafood from USD 118.2 million in 2017 to USD 1,225.9 billion 2019. The year 2020 recorded a decline in value of shipments due to Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions in movement of goods. Below given chart shows dollar amount of China’s imports of Indian seafood from 2017 to 2020.



Year

Value USD Million

2017

118.2

2018

392.5

2019

1,225.9

2020

839.3

 


China’s Top 10 Import Partners of Seafood 2020


After China suspending imports of seafood products from 6 Indian firms, China will increase seafood imports from other top sources including Russia, Ecuador and Vietnam. These three countries together shared 37.3% to total value of seafood shipments in 2020. China imports seafood from other countries as well like Canada, United States, Indonesia, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. Check value in percentile of these countries recorded in 2020.



Country

Value USD %

Russia

14.9

Ecuador

13.9

Vietnam

8.5

India

6.8

Canada

6.7

United States

6.3

Indonesia

5.5

Norway

4.1

Australia

4

New Zealand

3.5

 


Impact on India’s Seafood Industry


China’s suspension of seafood imports from six Indian firms will impact overall seafood exports of India. China, who is world’s second-largest import source of Indian seafood, shared 17% value to total shipments reported in 2020. India will increase exports of seafood to other top countries like United States and Japan. As we know India and China had tough time in bilateral trade relationships last year due to border dispute and coronavirus pandemic, India will take the suspension seriously and take appropriate actions. Seafood exporters in India who got this suspension will definitely look for other opportunities to boost their business.



Country

Value USD %

United States

36.2

China

17.4

Japan

7.4

Vietnam

4.6

Thailand

3.3

United Arab Emirates

3.3

Spain

2.8

United Kingdom

2.2

Belgium

2.1

Canada

2.1

 

China has been criticized for spreading coronavirus pandemic as this deadly virus originated from China’s Wuhan City in 2019. Many countries including India have restricted trade with China. Last year, India banned several Chinese applications. Let’s wait and watch how India will take up China’s suspension of seafood imports from six Indian firms.

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