58 Dar firms to access Chinese market

58 Dar firms to access Chinese market

A total of 58 Tanzanian companies have been approved to export edible live aquatic animals and ornamental aquatic animals to the Chinese market.

Out of 58 companies, according to a list posted on General Administration of Customs People's Republic of China (GACC)’s website, 20 will be exporting edible live aquatic animals while 38 others have been permitted to export ornamental aquatic animals.

The list seen by the ‘Daily News’ shows that all 58 companies qualified to access the Chinese market are based in Dar es Salaam.

After disclosure of the list, the Dar es Salaam based companies have all rights to supply sea products including live tropical aquarium fish, sea shells and live lobsters to the Chinese market with a population of over 1 billion.

Speaking to this paper, Tanzania Ambassador to China, Mbelwa Kairuki said that October, 2021, the Asian giant issued a directive requiring all foreign companies trading in the Chinese Market to be registered under the General Administration of Customs People's Republic of China.

"This initiative for products and companies from different countries around the world including Tanzania should be registered by the General Administration of Customs People's Republic of China," the envoy said via WhatsApp voice note.

 "We thank that our companies have qualified for this," he said and added that the Embassy is eagerly waiting for a new list of companies that have been permitted to sell seafood products.

According to the Observatory of Economic Complexity, the world's leading data visualisation tool for international trade data, in 2020 Tanzania exported products valued at US Dollars 388 million to China.

The main products exported from Tanzania to China were Oily Seeds (US Dollars 143 million), Raw Copper (US Dollars 61 million), and Refined Copper ( Us Dollars 49.1 million).

During the last 25 years the exports of Tanzania to China have increased at an annualised rate of 16.4 per cent, from US Dollars 8.79 million in 1995 to US Dollars 388 million in 2020. 

The permission to access the Chinese markets with various goods seems to be a good gesture as Tanzania seeks to reduce trade imbalances among the two friendly countries.

China Customs now boasts 100,000 staff throughout the country with responsibilities of traditional customs, as well as border health checks, inspection and quarantine for imported and exported animals, plants, and their products, imported and exported food safety, and commodity inspection.

GACC oversees 42 customs districts which operate through a total of 678 customs houses nationwide. GACC has its Guangdong office located in Guangzhou for regional coordination.

Early this week, Ambassador Kairuki was quoted highlighting several opportunities in the Chinese market, saying farmers can tap the soybeans’ market available in the Asian country by increasing production of the crop.

He said Tanzania is one of the 12 countries which have been permitted to sell soybeans in China.

“China provides a reliable market for soybeans from Tanzania following high demand for the oilseeds in the Asian nation,” he said.

The envoy also encouraged the Ministry of Agriculture to send soybeans farmers to Benin so that they can learn how they can increase production as the country sells the produce to China 10 times of what comes from Tanzania.

Ambassador Kairuki added that Tanzanians also can tap the market opportunity for wine, because the product enters the Chinese market directly following the embassy’s efforts in finding markets for Tanzanian products.

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