A day to remember for Malaysian fisheries industry

XIAMEN: It was an historic day for the Malaysian fisheries industry when the inaugural shipment of home-grown grouper hybrids arrived at the Xiandai Port here.

The arrival on Friday signalled the opening of a new vast market for Malaysian fish products.

It was the first time that live fish products were exported directly to mainland China by Borneo Aqua Harvest Bhd.

Previously, the products were shipped to Hong Kong before they were distributed.

For a start, the Malaysian company, which is listed on the ACE market, brought in 20.29 tonnes of live fish, including the Sabah giant grouper, Sabah camouflage and Sabah coral rock cod.

“All the fishes were bred at our aquaculture farm in Silam, Lahad Datu, Sabah,” its managing director Datuk Lo Fui Ming said.

Fresh fish: Live fish grouper from Malaysia being unloaded into a tanker truck upon arrival at the Xiandai Port in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, on Saturday.

“This is a first for Malaysia. We signed the agreement on zero import tax for fish products into China under the China-Asean free trade framework, and the preferential package has been there for more than 10 years.

“Nobody had capitalised on the import tax policy until Borneo Aqua Harvest came into the scene.”

Lo said the company would export 400 tonnes of fish to China by next month and double its volume to 1,000 tonnes next year.

“Now we will be able to reduce unnecessary middlemen costs and offer fresher products to the market,” he added.

Borneo Aqua Harvest and an Indonesian partner have set up a distribution centre in the southern coastal city of Xiamen.

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