China Focus: Foreign foods spend less time traveling to Chinese dinner tables     07/05/2018 10:33
Starting Sunday, China cut import tariffs for daily consumer goods. The average tariff rate for cultured and fished aquatic products has been cut from 15.2 percent to 6.9 percent.

Customers pick seafood at a shopping festival for imported commodities in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan province, Aug 13, 2016. [Photo/VCG]

As China reduces import tariffs and simplifies customs clearance processes, it will take much less time for foreign food to make it to Chinese dinner tables.

A batch of fresh milk leaving a New Zealand farm on Monday can reach Chinese dinner tables as soon as Wednesday. At the beginning of the year, it took 8 days.

Lobsters, salmon, oysters and other fresh seafood from Canada can arrive in China's first-tier cities within 36 hours, thanks to China's trade facilitation policies and fast growth of cold-chain transportation. The customs clearance time has been reduced to less than 2 hours in several major Chinese cities including Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou.

"We now guarantee our lobsters fresh and alive when they arrive on Chinese customers' doorsteps. If not, they can reject the package on site," said Leo Liu, general manager of 50N Natural Ecology Group Ltd, a Canadian company.

The tariff cut can make the company's products more competitive in China, said Liu.

Currently, few Canadian aquatic products and food enterprises have made China their major export market, as their traditional export markets are in America and Europe. Liu's company has opened online shops on Chinese leading e-commerce platforms, but sales volume in China only accounts for 5 percent of the company's sales.

"Canada's food trade with China is mainly grain, oil and other commodities. With China's import tariff cuts, we are selling more consumer products to China to catch up with the country's upgraded consumption habits," said Leo.

Food traders are preparing for increasing iced imports of fresh and frozen food to the China market. Ye Zi, chief business officer of HM (Shanghai) Trade Co. Ltd., said the company has started to import frozen aquatic products from Japan for the first time.
来源:LifeofGuangzhou     Editor:容艳君