The National Agro-Tech Extension and Service Center and the China National Seed Trade Association co-organized the first training course on the import and export of seeds and seedlings in late Feb. 2023.
The move, led by MARA Department of Seed Industry, is part of a broader push to invigorate the seed industry, facilitate international trade in seeds and seedlings, and promote standard-based trade practices. More than 260 professionals from over 190 companies and public institutions participated in the training.
The training focused on import and export license management, import and export review, phytosanitary review, and customs quarantine and supervision of seeds and seedlings. Relevant experts expounded on policies and regulations on the import and export of seeds and seedlings.
Participants agreed that the training was highly relevant and instructive for the seeds and seedlings trade, highlighting and addressing concerns of the seed industry, and featuring rich content.
Participants reached the consensus that as a specific measure, the training is conducive to invigorating the seed industry and promoting high-standard opening up, two initiatives set forth by the 20th CPC National Congress. While invigorating the seed industry, it is important to make a sound plan for both opening up the seed industry and safeguarding seed security. In this way, the seed industry can make its due contribution to enhancing China’s agricultural strength and reinforcing the foundation for food security.
A discussion was also organized, at which some corporate representatives shared their views on how to further improve the import and export of seeds and seedlings.