Industry joins China project

A PROJECT to get wild caught Australian abalone into the Chinese abalone market has entered its third phase.
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The China Project, which was launched in 2009 by Abalone Council Australia and the Seafood CRC, focused on expanding the footprint of wild caught abalone from Australia in the emerging Chinese market.

South Australian Abalone Industry Association president Jonas Woolford said the project had been exciting and it was starting to go ahead.

“We have now launched what could be seen as the third stage to the project,” he said.

“It is in fact a new project in that we are now working with Australian rock lobster because we are both exporting premium Australian seafood, accessing the same Chinese market and experiencing the same challenges.

“This is a first in that Australian abalone and rock lobster industries have spent the last eight months drawing together their experience of exporting to China from over the last 20 years to come up with a plan to work with the Australian and Chinese governments to facilitate, support and expand the legitimate direct trade platform to China.”

Mr Woolford said the project had also highlighted that there were big gaps in the supply chain.

“If we are to supply this new market with our premium Australian Wild Abalone then we need to sure up the direct trade platform with China,” he said. Through the project, the China Trade Reference Group has been formed and has been meeting in Canberra to meet with various ministers and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr Woolford said the reference group had met with prime minister Julia Gillard and Trade Minister Dr Craig Emerson before they made their trip to China in March.

“Both industries have been working on strengthening the direct trade to China and have invested over $5 million in cash and in kind contributions over the last few years,” he said.

“On current Australian government statistics for 2010-11, abalone and rock lobster exports to China contributed $372.8 million direct benefit to the economy across the supply chain, with a major benefit to regional communities.

Mr Woolford said the current political climate was right in both Australia and China to act.

“Our trading partners are asking us for support to have safe and secure access to our products,” he said.

“Our industries are building the foundations for long term results for all food industries in Australia and China.”

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