According to ifeng.com and translated at (SeafoodNews.COM by Amy Zhong) “about 70% of the imported seafood is not taxed in the Mainland China and many seafood items have been smuggled into China through Vietnam, according to some media.”
Although this question may not interest consumers, it is of great importance to ask how the imported seafood they enjoy has entered the Chinese market. Some discreet consumers find it necessary to distinguish the imported seafood of America from those of Australia, however, they are not concerned about whether these seafood have been taxed.
An experienced lobster supplier in Australia has told the reporter from Free Trade Zone Post (FTZ Post) that a comparatively high proportion of imported seafood has been brought into China in an illegal way. The proportion may be as high as 70%, according to his estimation.
Although overseas suppliers know that this kind of smuggling has existed for a long time, they have not intervened but thought that it should be handled by the Chinese. One Australian supplier has warned that although the price of these illegal seafood may be about 20% to 30% less than those imported legally, the safety of the illegal seafood can not be guaranteed owing to a lack of examination and quarantine.
However, the reality is that neither the importers nor the eaters care about if these seafoods are imported legally.
As the data show, Vietnam and China are both among the top three in view of importing the western Australian seafood from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. But China’s import value is only US$100 million, a third of Vietnam’s import value, which is US$320 million.
This clearly doesn’t match the spending power..