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Great quarantine wall of China seen blocking Sri Lankan exports

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan exporters have complained that non-tariff barriers like quarantine rules are blocking their efforts to send samples of food products like tea and spices to China.

M C M Zarook of the Spices and Allied Products Producers and Traders Association (SAPPTA), said such non-tariff barriers (NTBs) should be cleared in the proposed free trade deal being negotiated with China.

“We are negotiating a trade deal with China, a huge market. The Chinese like our black tea,” he said.

“But I am sorry to say even 100 grams of tea cannot be sent by courier or post to China because of Chinese quarantine inspections,” Zarook, outgoing chairman of SAPPTA told the association’s annual general meeting.

“How can we enter the market when we can’t send samples. Most courier firms don’t accept samples.”

Zarook said the experience of exporters showed that it might take two weeks to months to get Chinese quarantine approval.

“We do shipments to China which go and get stuck at Chinese CQI inspections.”

The Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) is a Chinese quality management organisation which provides inspection services.

“If our buyers ask for new samples they get stuck at CQI,” Zarook told EconomyNext.com. “As a result courier companies are not accepting samples for China as they do not reach the buyer at all.” (Colombo/September 8 2015)





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