China and Ireland on Tuesday [18 April 2017] signed a formal protocol on beef exports to China that paves the way to access for Irish beef to China. The protocol is related to inspection, quarantine and veterinary health requirements for Irish frozen beef to be exported to China…Full Article: Apr 2017

Key Points

  • Before Irish beef exports to mainland China can begin, a finalized version of the veterinary health certificate with China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) must be completed, along with a follow-up inspection of Irish abattoirs by the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA). It should be noted that Ireland and China also signed trade agreements relating to thoroughbred horses for China’s racing sector.
  • From 2012 to 2016, Chinese imports of Irish agricultural products increased from EUR 240 million (USD 256 million) to EUR 780 million [~USD 830 million].

ChinaAg Comments

  • In April 2016, Chinese veterinary inspectors carried out audits of beef producers in Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Britain, Belgium and Italy as a possible precursor to opening up trade.
  • In February 2015, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) formally lifted the ban on Irish beef, allowing Ireland to export deboned beef from animals under the age of 30 months.
  • In 2001, China banned beef imports from the European Union (EU) over concerns from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), aka mad cow disease.

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