Chinese pork exports reap benefits of Russian ban
The world's largest pork producer, Chinese company WH Group, has announced plans to begin deliveries of pork to Russia this year, Russian media ITAR-TASS has reported. Thus stepping into the breach as Russia searches for new sources since its ban was implemented.
On August 6th the Russian government implemented a ban on the supply of meat, vegetables and fruit, seafood and chilled fish, milk and dairy products from the EU, Australia, Canada, Norway and the United States. Since then Rosselhoznadzor has been urgently looking for alternative supplies of meat, mainly pork products.
On August 14th Rosselhoznadzor removed restrictions on the supply of pork from China, introduced in 2002. The ban was imposed due to the fact that exporters did not provide complete and accurate information about the spread of infectious animal diseases in the country.
On August 29th a meeting was held between the Deputy President of the Chamber of Commerce and Local Food Products of China Yu Lu and the deputy head of Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor Eugene Nepoklonov, after which WH Group unveiled their export plans.
The report said that the parties have agreed on the supply of pork to Russia from two Chinese meat processing plants. Lu Yu said that China can supply not only pork, but also chicken. China is ready to ensure competitive and fair prices for Russian importers, said Yu Lu.
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