China: Update of eligible species list for non-viable seafood products from Australia (2019-01)

Date of issue: 31 January 2019

Date of effect: Immediate


Export seafood establishments
Licensed exporters
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources—Central and Regional offices


To notify exporters that the Eligible Species List for non-viable seafood products eligible to be exported to China has been updated to include 3 additional Australian species.

Summary of key points

China’s eligible species list for non-viable seafood products from Australia has been updated (as of 2 January 2019) to include:

Metanephrops australiensis - Australian Scampi

Nototodarus gouldi - Gould’s Squid

Sillago bassensis - Southern School Whiting

The current list is available via the link China eligible species list for non-viable seafood products from Australia. (Note: See 'Oceania' tab - The list is best viewed in Google Chrome which provides an option to translate the webpage).


Following advice received from China during bilateral meetings in October 2017, a submission for the addition of 12 species with a history of trade prior to 2012 was presented for consideration to China’s General Administration for Customs of the Peoples' Republic of China (GACC) in May 2018.

On 2 January 2019 the list of non-viable seafood species eligible to be exported from Australia to China was updated on the GACC website. The department has not been formally notified of the update.

Since 2016, the department has made a number of submissions to China requesting the addition of seafood species to the eligible species list. Prior to January 2019, only two species requested in the January and April 2017 submissions, Ocean Jacket and Bight Redfish, had been added to the list.

The department is continuing to liaise with GACC regarding the status of the remaining species with a history of trade prior to 2012, requested for inclusion on the eligible species list. Further updates will be provided when available.

Please contact the Dairy Eggs Fish program Dairy eggs fish  for more information or assistance to apply for corresponding new codes to be added against your establishment.

The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Further information

Contact Dairy eggs fish or Exports if you have any queries.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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