Nine companies from Brazil have received authorisation to export frozen beef and chicken to China under the terms of one of 35 agreements signed Tuesday [19 May 2015] in Brasilia by representatives from both countries, the Brazilian press reported. The agreement, whose technical name is Health and Quarantine Requirement Protocol, authorised the Big Frango company, based in Rolândia in northern Paraná state, to export chicken meat, which until now was prevented by a unilateral decision of the Chinese authorities…Full Article: Macauhub May 2015

Key Point

  • In November 2014, China officially ended the ban on Brazilian beef. It was already temporarily suspended in July 2014.  Also in November 2014, Brazil’s JBS Group (the world’s largest in beef, lamb and poultry processor) purchased Big Frango (poultry processor based in southern Brazil) for BRL 430 million (~US$138 million).

ChinaAg Comments

  • By the end of 2014, Brazil was expected to have 17 Chinese approved abattoirs (i.e. slaughterhouses that can export to mainland China). Brazilian beef exports were expected to begin in earnest during the first half of December 2014.
  • In July 2014, mainland China suspended its ban on Brazilian beef.
  • In March 2014, the Chairman of JBS (Brazilian meat group) stated that his company intends to increase its sales to China by 20% in 2014, particularly with the exports of second and first-rate beef.
  • In 2013, Hong Kong imported US$1.44 billion worth of Brazilian beef.
  • In December 2012, mainland China banned Brazilian beef imports due to a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or ‘mad cow’) in Paraná state, southern Brazil.

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