Australia’s lobster industry is fully committed to supplying our customers in China with our premium wild-caught rock lobster. It has taken decades of hard work by hundreds of family businesses in China and Australia to establish this trading relationship underpinned by mutual respect.
We understand that many families in China are planning important occasions in November, particularly weddings, and we are working hard with our partners to get Australia’s premium wild-caught rock lobster to China for these celebrations.
By working together with our customers we believe that we can resolve this trade disruption ensuring commercial benefits to everyone.
While there have been no sales made since the weekend, there is demand for our product, we have the freight capacity and premium quality product ready to go. That is why the industry is also working closely with the Australian and Chinese authorities to resolve the current issues and to resume trading as soon as practicable.
There have been unverified reports that while some shipments are being cleared, intermittent import delays may continue at least until the end of this week.
Fishers across Western Australia and South Australia are liaising with their exporters regarding the current situation and are keen to get back fishing and optimising the current catch rates.
Together we are absolutely focused on finding a mutually beneficial solution to the current situation and to re-establishing regular shipments to China in time for families to celebrate together at their special occasions.
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