Argentine beef and honey may soon make their way onto Chinese dinner tables, if current quality control and inspection by Chinese representatives give exports the green light. Amid efforts to promote bilateral strategic partnership, officials from China and Argentina are brought together in Buenos Aires in recent days, with Chinese inspectors dispatched to certify production and export procedures in rural parts of the South American nation…Full Article: The Global Times Apr 2015

Key Point

  • Argentina is seeking to export chilled (e.g. refrigerated) boned beef and honey to China. From 25 March to 1 April 2015, Chinese AQSIQ officials inspected honey production areas in Chaco province (northern Argentina) and in western Buenos Aires province.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2013, mainland China imported 11,332 MTs of beef. The primary supplier was Australia (11,068 MTs). Hong Kong imported 6,537 MTs of beef and was mostly supplied by Australia (2,755 MTs) and the USA (2,096 MTs). Argentina only supplied a few MTs of beef to both mainland China and Hong Kong in 2013.
  • In 2013, mainland China imported 4,566 MTs of honey. The top suppliers were New Zealand (1,576 MTs), Malaysia (906 MTs), Thailand (445 MTs), and Australia (368 MTs). Meanwhile Hong Kong imported 2,486 MTs of honey and was primarily supplied by New Zealand (1,383 MTs), Australia (300 MTs), and Germany (215 MTs). Argentina was not a honey supplier of any significance.

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