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4 essential pre-export steps for Canadian seafood suppliers selling to China

autoreBy Angus Boweron 22 Aug 2016

If you’re a Canadian seafood supplier looking to sell your awesome produce into the booming Chinese market, the process of getting your pre-export paperwork ready is fairly simple.

As with all fresh and live seafood going into China, the regulatory body overseeing imports is the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ). The AQSIQ has a well established framework set up with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to make exporting premium seafood to China easy.

If you complete the following 4 steps, you’ll be well on your way to exporting seafood directly into the world’s largest market of seafood buyers, China.

1. Register with the CFIA

To start with, you need to be registered with the CFIA as an approved seafood exporter. Depending on which part of Canada you’re exporting from, and your specific product/s, there are different regulations and standards to stick to (Click here). If you’re uncertain the best option is always to get in contact with your local CFIA office and they’ll inform you on exactly what’s necessary.

2. Work with the FSPD

The Fish, Seafood and Product Division (FSPD) is the Canadian body which facilitates access to overseas markets by providing inspections and certification where necessary for Chinese customs. Once you register with the CFIA, you’ll be automatically directed to the FSPD.

3. FSPD & AAHD Certification for China

The Aquatic Animal Health Division (AAHD) are responsible for certifying your animals’ health and well-being before export. However, FSPD inspections not only cover certification for human consumption, but also cover the same animal health certification that the AAHD provides. So if it’s easier, have them all done by the FSPD - you can have a look at the FSPD’s inspection requirements for exporting seafood to China here (Click here).

4. Air freight

Get in touch with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), who can give you everything you need by way of organising and providing any and all information on available freight forwarders and airlines.

For more information, check out our full guide to exporting seafood.

Simple enough? It really is. And if you’re interested to know more on how you can make your seafood exports from Canada to China even easier, just sign up to the online marketplace below.

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