China bottleneck overshadows prospects for pollock A season in the Sea of Okhotsk

November 24, 2020 08:51

Situation with the export of seafood to China from the Russian Far East has become more complicated because of COVID-19, reports

The Chinese authorities have continuously detected traces of the virus on products imported from various countries, as a result, Chinese ports have introduced requirements for mandatory disinfection of all imported products.

According to Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries, as per late November 22 Russian vessels were laying in Chinese ports with uncertainly delayed dates of unloading. The Agency has urged fishermen ensure maximum processing of the catch in Russia to help deal with the delays.

Cold stores

With so much uncertainty in stock, the Federal Agency for Fisheries has emphasized that it is necessary to unload the coldstorage capacities before the start of the “A” season in the Sea of Okhotsk. The fishermen must be prepared to reorient cargo flows in the event of any emergency situations in foreign ports, since in normal times large volumes of products from this fishery go abroad.

Meanwhile the measures prescribed by Rospotrebnadzor are being implemented in Russian cold stores. Thermometry of personnel is carried out, contracts are signed with companies that regularly desinfect premises, and employees are provided with all necessary protective equipment.

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