Australian exporters have become so worried that their perishable exports will be rejected or delayed by China Customs that they have stopped shipping them, according to a report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Exporter Andrew Ferguson said that he had three shipments of live lobsters die in China because of delays in customs testing. China said the incident was due to high levels of cadmium that had been found in some shipments. “The lobsters were out of the water too long, and they died while they were waiting to be cleared. The cost was significant,” Ferguson told ABC. Chinese importers have also told wine, sugar, wool, copper, and coal suppliers that their goods are likely to find difficulties getting through customs