Dutch authorities are temporarily suspending export certificates for all seafood heading into China, sources confirmed to IntraFish.

The move comes in the wake of several recent news reports from China claiming contagious COVID-19 virus particles have been found on shipments of imported fish in various ports, according to a letter from the Dutch Fish Federation, Visfederatie, seen by IntraFish.

The most recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the port of Qingdao is being tied to the importing of frozen cod, which predominantly comes from Norway, Iceland or Russia, and is re-exported via Holland into China.