A Brazilian trade mission will visit China in June to promote beef exports, an official said. The mission, including representatives from Brazil’s main producer organizations, is being coordinated by the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and will visit Shanghai and Beijing on June 9-12 [2015]. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Ana Paula Repezza, manager of Apex-Brasil’s International Business Facilitation, said that the visit was aimed at regaining Chinese consumers’ trust in Brazilian beef…Full Article: China Daily May 2015

Key Point

  • Initially, Brazil will try and export 8 freezer units [equivalent quantity not specified] of beef and one freezer unit to mainland China, which were the same volumes that were shipped before the 2012 embargo. If this is achieved, then Brazil will attempt to export 26 freezer units to China.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In March 2015, nine Brazilian meat processors were granted approval by China to export beef and chicken to the mainland.
  • 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 November 2014, China officially ended the ban on Brazilian beef.
  • In July 2014, mainland China temporarily 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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