Argentina is exploring expanded economic, commercial ties with China, the Argentinean Foreign Ministry said Wednesday [13 July 2016]. Argentinean and Chinese authorities concluded on July 11-12 a complete revision of the two countries’ trade and investment agreements during the 20th meeting of the two countries’ Joint Economic and Commercial Commission (COMIXTA) in Beijing…Full Article: China Daily July 2016

Key Point

  • As a result of the bilateral talks, Argentine grapes have been granted access to the Chinese market, while negotiations on beef, poultry, cranberry exports progressed.  Additionally, sanitary regulations regarding biotechnology, dairy, seeds, and veterinary drugs were also discussed.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2012 to 2015, Chinese imports of Argentine grapes decreased from 1,250 MTs to 41 MTs. Hong Kong was the primary importer, while mainland China imports were much lower (zero imports in 2014).
  • In September 2015, Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture and the Deputy Chief of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) signed agreements permitting the exports of Argentine bales of alfalfa, pet food, bovine embryos and semen.
  • From 25 March to 1 April 2015, Chinese AQSIQ officials inspected honey production areas in Chaco province (northern Argentina) and in western Buenos Aires province.
  • In August 2013, China permitted the importation of 60,000 metric tons of GMO Argentine corn. The corn was to be used for chicken and hog feed.
  • In 2012, Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture and China’s State Administration of Grain (SAG) signed Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation relating to grain.

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