The European Union (EU) agri-food exports to China, EU’s second most important destination of agri-exports after the United States, in all major product groups increased in 2015, a latest EU report said on Monday [18 April 2016]. According to the report, agri-food exports to China increased by 2.9 billion euros (3.28 billion U.S. dollars) in 2015. Exports in all major product groups increased with the most significant hike in commodities at 71 percent from 1 billion euros to 1.7 billion euros…Full Article: Apr 2016

Key Points

  • In 2015, infant food comprised 13% of EU agricultural exports to China, followed by raw hides and skins at 11%.
  • From 2014 to 2015, EU pork exports to China doubled and increased from EUR 432 million to EUR 934 million.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In March 2016, China granted Belgian pork producers permission to export up to 56,000 MTs of pork annually. As a result of the pork trade agreement, Belgium’s Minister of Agriculture hoped that China will approve imports of Belgian poultry and beef products sometime in the future.
  • 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 January 2015, the UK’s Environment Secretary visited China in order to expand British exports such as pork and pig’s trotters (i.e. pig’s feet).
  • 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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