The New Zealand government has stopped issuing export certificates for meat exported to China, after shipments were rejected by the Chinese customs authorities, according to reports Monday. This is the latest move by the New Zealand government after shipments of New Zealand lamb and beef were rejected by China’s customs this month because of the name change of the New Zealand regulating authority on the documents…Full-text article: Global Times May 2013

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  • The confusion at the Chinese ports reportedly stemmed from the creation of New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and two other agencies

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  • In February 2013, New Zealand meat exporters expressed dissatisfaction with Chinese authorities blocking their meat imports despite a 2008 free trade agreement

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