China is still closed market for Dutch pork
A preliminary agreement for entry to the Chinese pork
market of Dutch exports to be signed before January 1, 2008 is further
Dutch agriculture minister, Gerda Verburg, had expected to sign a preliminary
agreement with the Chinese on her visit to Beijing at the end of October.
However, no concrete steps were made, as stated in an article in the Dutch
newspaper, Agrarisch Dagblad.
Verburg did not have the opportunity to meet with her Chinese counterpart due
to a prolonged communist party conference.
Tjeerd den Hollander, of the Dutch
Product Board for Livestock, Meat and Eggs (PVE), does not believes that the
Dutch pigmeat sector is falling behind its EU counterparts as a result of not
breaking in to the Chinese market.
"Denmark does have access to the Chinese market, the French too have signed a
basic protocol, however, this does not mean that they are exporting heaps of
meat to the country," said Den Hollander. "Rumours flew a number of weeks ago of
a large French order, which did not go through at the last minute".
The Chinese are currently managing the increased consumption of pork within
its borders through opening the door slightly to imports from the EU and
elsewhere. It would be wise for the Dutch to continue knocking on the door and
follow the neighbours' example.
Ministry of Agriculture
â€¢ Agrarisch Dagblad
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