Frustration among Chinese importers over ban on shrimp from Ecuador
Beijing, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Seafood importers in China show strong frustration and fear a collapse in their operations after the ban on the entry of Ecuadorian shrimp into the country, as the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was found out of some packaging.
When consulted by the local press, many expressed concern that although the ban only targets three companies, consumers may stop buying the product regardless of where they come from.
One businessman told the Global Times newspaper that none of his shrimp suppliers in Ecuador belongs to the suspended firms, but now customers are refusing to accept merchandise brought in from that country, even after checking for safety.
In this case, he has 80 containers full of seafood in the Tianjin municipality and another 50 on the way, for a total value of more than 100 million yuan (14.3 million USD).
According to reports, all importers in the sector stopped buying the food.
The same happened last month with salmon after SARS-CoV-2 samples were discovered on one of the meat processing tables in the Xinfadi wholesale market, the origin of the Covid-19 outbreak in Beijing.
China is the main destination for Ecuadorian shrimp, and acquired lots for 510 million dollars in the first quarter of 2020 alone.
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