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Peru trade deal could expand to include seafood

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China is expected to open its market soon for seafood imports from Peru soon amid the two countries' joint efforts to upgrade their free trade agreement in line with the consensus reached by their leaders, said the Peruvian ambassador to China.

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Peruvian Minister of Production Pedro Olaechea will come to Shanghai to participate at the Conference of Quality Fair on September 16, and during his visit, the two countries will sign a protocol to allow the access of Peruvian seafood to China, Ambassador Juan Carlos Capunay told China Daily in an exclusive interview.

"We have lobsters, we have giant calamari, we have shrimps, we have a number of products. We have big production. I am sure we will have very good improvement in the export of seafood to China," he said.

The protocol is a move to implement the consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski during President Xi's state visit to Peru in November last year. The two sides agreed to upgrade their free trade agreement signed in 2009.

China is now Peru's biggest trade partner, export market and source of imports. Bilateral trade between reached about $17 billion last year.

According to the ambassador, currently there is only very small amount of Peruvian seafood being exported to the Chinese mainland, and it is mainly frozen.

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