[15 February /Radio NZ]

Sanford Chief Customer Officer, Andre Gargiulo, said that several of its fresh salmon shipments have faced delays when being cleared through Chinese ports in the past month and that local authorities have not provided reasoning for this. The understanding is that other seafood exporters have also faced similar issues with exports into China but spokespeople from both Sealord and Moana New Zealand stated they had not been affected. This may be indicative of rising tension with China as New Zealand has more openly sided with the US in respect of recent trade disputes. However, trade officials have reported that New Zealand exporters often face issues entering China and that recent issues could just be part of business as usual.  Meanwhile, Fonterra have stated that they have not faced any issues getting exports into China and is not concerned about its relationship with its largest trading partner.