The problem of detecting non-classical correlations of states of many qudits is incomparably more involved than in a case of qubits. The reason is that for qubits we have a convenient description of the system by the means of the well-studied correlation tensor. Simply, the complete information about the state can be encoded in mean values of dichotomic measurements. WE demonstrate that for three-dimensional quantum subsystems we are able to formulate nonlinear entanglement criteria of the state with existing formalisms. We also point out where the idea for constructing these criteria fails for higher-dimensional systems, which poses well-defined open questions.