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China exempts cooked, peeled shrimp from Ecuador import suspensions

China will allow imports of cooked shrimp and shrimp meat from Ecuadorean shrimp companies Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila, Expalsa, Winrep and Congelados y Frescos, after slapping the firms with suspensions last week.

The move will be of scant relief, however, as none exports much cooked shrimp or shrimp meat to China. 

China temporarily suspended export approvals of the above firms on Sept. 9 and Sept. 11. 

Imposed amid allegations that the firms’ shrimp products carry disease, the latest updated notice addresses the fact any disease or virus would be destroyed during cooking.

According to the notice, which was filed under Chinese custom's List of Fishery Products Establishments Registered to the People's Republic of China, China will exempt from the suspensions cooked shrimp and also shrimp meat, known as “xia ren” in Chinese.  

The firms still face suspensions from exporting other frozen shrimp products, such as frozen raw, head-on, shell-on (HOSO) shrimp which they specialize in, the notice by China’s General Administration of Customs dated Sept. 16 shows. More than 90% of Ecuador's shrimp exports to China are frozen, raw HOSO shrimp.

Chinese authorities also reversed a decision to suspended imports from Omarsa, Ecuador’s second-largest exporter of shrimp. 

First announced on Sept. 9, the suspension -- imposed on the grounds yellowhead disease was detected in shrimp and applied to all Omarsa shipments to China dispatched on Aug. 5 or thereafter -- was lifted on Monday (Sept. 16) without explanation. 

Omarsa shipped over 800,000 cartons of frozen shrimp worldwide in August, according to data from Ecuador's Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Although it does not detail the company's exports to China, some 60% to 70% of that total, or 480,000 to 560,000 cartons, were likely bound for the country, Undercurrent News estimates. 


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