Australia’s rock lobster fishers and exporters are working hard to restore trade with China as soon as possible. A respectful and stable relationship is fundamental to the interests of both Australia and China.
The industry’s sole focus is to resume normal trade. That is why as an industry we are not making public statements but rather working behind the scenes with our customers and the relevant authorities.
Members of the Seafood Trade Advisory Group are in regular discussions with our Federal and State governments to ensure they understand the importance of the strong relationship we have developed over decades with our importers. These trading relationships are underpinned by mutual trust and respect and need to be supported by governments.
We appreciate the right of countries to implement border inspection processes that ensure food safety for their citizens. Australia has a world-class reputation for premium wild-caught rock lobster that meets the highest standard of food safety and quality of any government compliance system.
Demand for Australian wild-caught rock lobster is still evident in China and our Industry remains fully committed to supplying our Chinese customers so they can celebrate their special occasions with our premium wild-caught rock lobster.
The risk of this trade disruption continuing is hundreds of family-owned businesses in both countries may lose a valuable source of income and opportunity for economic growth. We just want our family businesses to return to fishing and supporting their coastal regional communities.
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