Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture industry is a minor global player, producing less than 0.2 per cent of global fisheries and aquaculture supply. However, the industry exports a range of high unit value fisheries and aquaculture products, with an estimated production value of $1.3 billion (or 46 per cent of total fisheries value) exported in 2013–14. Comparatively the total value of Australian imports of fisheries and aquaculture products was $2 billion.
Australian fisheries export a range of high unit value products, with export earnings accounting for 46 per cent of the total production value in 2013–14. Japan was the major export destination for Australian fisheries and aquaculture products until 2004–05. Since then, exports of Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture products to Japan have declined and the pattern of Australian fisheries and aquaculture exports has shifted towards the Hong Kong, China and Vietnam region.
FRDC is providing the opportunity for young industry leaders from the seafood industry to attend key seafood events around world. These include the Global Seafood Exposition, Brussels (24-26 April 2018); China Fisheries & Seafood Expo, Qingdao (7-9 November 2018) and Seafood Expo North America, Boston (17-19 March 2019).
Each bursary will be worth up to $7,000. Calls for applications will be made in the lead up to each event. In the meantime, if you are interested in applying contact Peter.Horvat@frdc.com.au.
Annual trade data, updated monthly is now available and provides a snapshot of seafood export and imports. The FRDC is also looking at launching a similar dashboard for domestic market data. Five trade portals have been developed - each exploring differing data. The portals are
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources controls exports of agricultural products. This assures our trading partners that Australian agricultural products meet import requirements.
Efficient regulation of exports is the cornerstone of Australia’s reputation as an excellent source of reliable agricultural exports. The department’s responsibilities and powers are defined in the Export Control Act 1982 and associated legislation. We recover the cost of providing export services through export fees and charges.
If you are involved in the export supply chain, you will need to be aware of:
For information on exporting fish and fish products from Australia visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.
This website sets out the requirements that exporters and the Department of Agriculture must meet for products and commodities to be accepted for import into specific overseas countries. MICoR is updated when there is a change to an importing country's requirements.
Exporters and Department of Agriculture staff can use MICoR to find out importing country requirements. In addition to complying with importing country requirements, exporters must also comply with the requirements of the Export Control Act and associated Orders when exporting commodities from Australia. Visit Manual of importing country requirements (MICoR).
For more information on MICOR visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/micor
The Seafood Trade Advisory Group (STAG) was initially established by Abalone and Rock lobster exporters, in conjunction with the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, to advocate for the liberalisation and development of direct trade between Australia and China and address other trade and market related issues. The group now acts as a conduit between industry and government on Trade and Market access issues in relation to all major markets into which Australian wild caught Abalone and Lobster are exported and potential export markets.
For more information on STAG and their work program visit http://www.seafoodtradeadvisory.com/
SafeFish provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade. It does this by bringing together experts in food safety and hygiene to work with the industry and regulators to agree and prioritise technical issues impacting on free and fair market access for Australian seafood.
The FRDC is a core funder and partner of Safefish. For more information visit: http://safefish.com.au/