Austrian pork producers are hoping to overcome a slump in prices with the potential opening of the Chinese market as an export destination increasingly closer to becoming a reality. Discussions and negotiations between the two countries on the export of pork have been going on for several years…Full Article: ECNS.cn June 2016

Key Points

  • In mid-June 2016, Chinese officials will reportedly audit Austrian pork producers for potential export approval.
  • On 6 June 2016, the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO) announced that five Austrian pork producers and officials Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) met in Beijing recently.

ChinaAg Comments

  • 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 August 2014, Russian banned agricultural imports from Austria, including pork, over EU sanctions relating to the Ukraine crisis.

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