Zhanjiang Port’s customs ban on foreign imports of frozen products has been lifted. Importers can pick up the containers and pick up the goods normally after complying with a complete process of frozen product testing, disinfection, and entering the centralized supervision cold storage.
Since June 20, Zhanjiang Port had taken strict measures on imported frozen products due to the pressure of epidemic prevention and control, and had suspended the acceptance of frozen products from 11 countries to the port. The 11 countries were: India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Mongolia.
Although customs declaration ban has been lifted, the speed of customs clearance is relatively slow. Due to the large backlog of goods at the port, it will take some time to return to normal speed.
In the past month, the restrictions have also caused a lot of trouble to the distributors of frozen seafood. The most important case relates to the headless shrimp products. Many importers and local shrimp processing plants in Zhanjiang purchase headless shrimps from India and Vietnam and then peel them to make deep-processed products such as shrimps and shrimp balls.
When customs clearance from Zhanjiang Port was not possible, the containers were transferred to Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Guangxi and other ports, and then transported back to Zhanjiang. This was not only a time delay, but also added to the cost of land transportation and greatly reduced the profit of the container.