A Belgian pork producer has been given approval to export an estimated 56,000 tonnes a year to China, which Belgium’s agriculture minister says will give a major boost to the country’s farming sector. Belgian leading pork company Noordvlees Van Gool, along with other local pork companies welcomed on Tuesday [8 March 2016] Chinese Ambassador Qu Xing and Belgian Agriculture Minister Willy Borsus in Kalmthout, near the northwest Belgian port of Antwerp, to mark an approval of pork exports to China. During the signing ceremony, several Belgian enterprises have been granted licenses of export to China…Full Article ECNS.cn Mar 2016

Key Point

  • As a result of the pork trade agreement, Belgium’s Minister of Agriculture hopes that China will approve imports of Belgian poultry and beef products sometime in the future

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  • In June 2015, Belgium’s Minister of Agriculture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China that laid the groundwork for potential pork exports to China. Prior to June 2015, only two Belgian pork producers (18% of Belgium’s total pork output) were allowed to export China owing to a 2009 agreement. As a result of the MoU, an additional four companies will be allowed to ship pork to China starting in roughly September 2015.
  • In January 2015, Finland was granted approval to export pork to China.
  • In 2014, Belgium exported 696,764 MTs of pork globally, with ~39% shipped to Germany and ~23% to Poland. Combined, mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for less than one percent of Belgium’s pork exports. In 2014, mainland China imported 3,111 MTs of Belgian pork while Hong Kong imported 2,168 MTs.
  • From 2013 to 2014, Belgian pork exports to Russia dropped from 15,643 MTs to 655 MTs.

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