More than 7,100 dairy cows imported from Chile were shipped to North China’s Tianjin on Wednesday [28 January 2015], making the South American country the fifth to export dairy cows to China after Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay and Romania. The shipment of 30,000 cows was the first to be exported by Chile to China according to a bilateral agreement signed last year…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2015

Key Point

  • According to an AQSIQ representative, the Chilean cattle was imported by seven companies based across six different provinces/municipalities.

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  • From September to October 2014, China reportedly imported 5,000 heads of cattle from Romania. Romania announces plans to export at least 20,000 heads of cattle to China annually. The export breeds include Holstein cows (a type of dairy cow that originated from the Netherlands and northern Germany) and Baltata cows (a type of Romanian dairy cow) breeds of cattle.
  • In November 2013, China and Romania signed protocols for the export pork and live cattle.
  • On 30 August 2013, Romania and China signed a Memorandum of Agreement regarding animal health and food safety.
  • From 2010 to 2013, Chinese imports of live cows increased from 87,990 heads of cattle to 102,245 heads of cattle. During this time only Australia, New Zealand, and Uruguay supplied mainland China. Australia had the dominant share of Chinese market with an average import share of approximately 60% (by volume) during the four year period. New Zealand was the second largest supplier (~27% import share), followed by Uruguay (~13% import share).

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