Uncooked frozen shrimp shipments resume to Australia
From July 2017 Australia has started to allow imports of uncooked shrimps from several countries. The China Daily has reported that 100mt have already been shipped from China by shrimp exporters.
The ban on uncooked shrimps to Australia caused considerable losses for shrimp suppliers in China and elsewhere in Asia. Vannamei exporters from approved countries are now keen to move back into the market.
The shrimps need to be headless and peeled although they can have the tail on. The exporting countries need to confirm that the uncooked shrimps have been tested and found to be free of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and yellow head virus (YHV). On-arrival in Australia the shrimps must again test negative for WSSV and YHV at an Australian screening laboratory before they can be released.
Competent Authorities from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Bangladesh have provided written confirmation to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources that they can meet Australia’s import conditions.