Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak-body representing the Australian seafood industry, is actively monitoring the situation regarding seafood exports to China, and investigating ways to minimise negative impacts to our industry.
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the health and well-being of those who have been affected by the novel coronavirus 2019,” SIA CEO Jane Lovell said.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation. On Friday, January 24 SIA raised concerns regarding the cancellation of sales to China, related to the coronavirus outbreak, with the Federal Government. It remains unclear when trade will return to normal.
“The loss of orders is impacting many within the Australian seafood industry, from fishers to exporters and the freight companies who rely on the Chinese export market to maintain their businesses.
“SIA is working with both industry and government to ensure the effect on those impacted is minimised, and to ensure the best information is available to inform sound decision making.
“We will continue to work as the conduit from industry to government, to maintain confidence in our industry.”
For more information please contact SIA Media and Communications Manager Jessica McInerney
M: 0420 695 431