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Pelosi in Taiwan: China bans imports of more than 100 brands

The restrictions are likely to have a greater effect on seafood producers, as food and beverage exports to China had already declined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • By Yang Yuan-ting and Liu Tzu-hsuan/staff reporter, with a staff editor

China’s customs administration announced a ban on more than 100 Taiwanese food brands on Monday evening ahead of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Beijing said exporters on the blacklist – which include producers of tea, honey and seafood – have not renewed their export registration and therefore can only sell their products until the end of this month.

Exporters could submit additional documents this month, Food and Drug Administration Director Wu Shou-mei (吳秀梅) said, adding the agency would help them complete their registrations.

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The bans could be politically motivated, as Taiwanese manufacturers were treated differently than those in other countries, she said.

Exporters from other countries can upload their registration documents online by June next year, while Taiwanese exporters had to submit the documents by June this year, she added.

She condemned the tight deadline, saying “trade across the Taiwan Strait should not be conducted this way, as it needs time to communicate.”

Agriculture Council Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said the agency would soon announce corrective measures to help exporters.

Taiwanese companies registered 3,200 food items for export to China, of which 2,066 were marked as “suspended import”, including those of Kuo Yuan Ye Corp (郭元益), Yu Jan Shin (裕珍馨), Kuai Kuai Co (乖乖), Imei Foods Co (義美食品), Chiate Bakery (佳德), and Kuang Ta Hsiang Foodstuffs Co (廣達香).

The banned manufacturers mainly produce prepared and processed foods such as pastries, whose export value to China and Hong Kong accounted for just 0.1%, or $650 million, of Taiwan’s total exports, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.

As food and drink exports to China had already plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ban would have a greater effect on fishing boats and seafood exporters, a government official said. Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Last year, Taiwan exported $44 million worth of pastries to China, but only $10 million in the first half of this year, according to government data.

On the other hand, the total value of seafood exports from Taiwan to China last year reached $280 million, and tea leaf exports reached $31.67 million, while exports of honey were only $35,000.

Fifty-four fishing vessels have been asked to submit additional documents and the import of more than 600 of their products has been suspended, sources familiar with the matter said, adding that the bans prohibit the majority of seafood, Taiwanese tea and honey to reach the Chinese market. .

Beijing also requires fishing boats to submit Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification, Wu said.

Fisheries Agency Director General Chang Chih-sheng (張致盛) said the affected vessels include deep-sea fishing boats and deep-sea fishing boats, adding that the agency will help them obtain HACCP certification. they were considering exporting to China.

Last year, China suspended imports of Taiwanese pineapples, custard apples and wax apples, and in June banned imports of groupers, saying it had found parasites and excessive levels of chemicals banned in products.

Additional reporting by Cheng Chi-fang,

Huang Pei-chun and NAC

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