India, China sign protocol on hygiene requirements for export of fish meal, fish oil

India and China signed a protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for the exports in New Delhi during the visit of Hu Wei, the Vice Minister of China’s General Administration of Customs.  Hu Wei, who led a six-member delegation to India, met India’s Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan during his visit and discussed various issues of market access for different products. A protocol on Hygiene and Inspection requirements for the export of Fish Meal and Fish Oil from India to China was signed. The signing of Protocol formalizes the consensus reached by both sides on hygiene and inspection requirements of fish meal and fish oil to be exported from India to China and will enable India to commence export of fish meal and fish oil to China.

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Key Highlights

  •  Both the Indian and Chinese sides appreciated each other’s concerns and agreed to resolve the market access issues expeditiously to achieve the vision of the leaders of both countries by promoting a more balanced trade.
  • The Chinese delegation discussed issues regarding market access for products such as milk and milk products, agricultural goods like soy meal, fruits and vegetables, tobacco and pharmaceuticals.
  • This is significant, as India has been seeking market access for these items from China. The protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements was signed for the export of fish meal and fish oil from India to China.
  • The agreement would enable India to commence export of fish meal and fish oil to China. China had so far not allowed these exports from India. China imports fish oil to the tune of USD 143.29 million per year and a fish meal worth USD 263.43 million.

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