Namibia has sent the first consignment of beef consisting of various cuts, weighing more than 23,000 kilograms in total to Hong Kong after having received approval to start exports to the market in May…Full Article: Xinhua Oct 2016

Key Point

  • Namibia’s Meatco stated that the first container of meat was shipped to Hong Kong on 22 September 2016. The shipment included offal, frozen beef, and in-bone beef.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In June 2016, Namibia’s Meatco announced plans to export frozen boneless and bone-in beef to China, and hoped to secure approval for vacuum-packed fresh chilled beef and offal in the future. At the time, according to Namibia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Namibia annually produced approximately 60,000 MTs of beef, with 20,000 MTs exported to Europe and South Africa.
  • From 22 to 26 January 2016, Chinese officials from Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) inspected Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) facilities in Windhoek, central Namibia. After the visit, CNCA officials stated that Meatco still had to meet certain food safety criteria before exports can commence.
  • In August 2015, Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) signed an agreement on beef export protocols. As a result, Namibia could export frozen bone-in beef to China from MAWF certified abattoirs that are food-and-mouth free (historically) and whose cattle can be traced back its ranch of origin.
  • In April 2014, Hong Kong officials planned to inspect Namibian beef and antelope meat producers as a precursor to potential import approval. Namibia was not only looking to export high-end products such as steaks, but also low-end offal products.
  • In September 2013, Namibia’s Minister of Trade and Industry stated that Namibia and China could enter into joint ventures that focus on meat processing.
  • Headquartered in Windhoek, central Namibia, Meat Corporation of Namibia operates four abattoirs, with two having been approved for EU export. Its other two abattoirs, located in northern Namibia, supply the South African market.

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