Kazakh authorities are planning to increase the volume of lamb exported to China by the end of April, said Vice Minister of Agriculture Gulmira Issayeva at a recent government meeting. “Kazakhstan’s bid was shortlisted and the Main Directorate for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (MDQSIQ) decided to combine two inspection stages into one to reduce licensing procedures. We expect that in the second half of this year we will start real export of lamb,” she said…Full Article: Astana Times Apr 2017

Key Points

  • In late April 2017, China’s food inspectors from the MDQSQ will visit Kazakhstan to evaluate the lamb exporters.
  • In June 2013, Kazakhstan’s beef industry suffered from a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, derailing the prospects of supplying the Chinese market.

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  • In December 2016, Kazakhstan and Israel signed a MoU on the construction of a poultry processing plant. China had reportedly pre-ordered enough poultry meat from the Kazakh-Israeli factory to cover five years’ worth of demand/factory operations.
  • In November 2016, China’s Asia Pacific Food Capital (APOFCO) and KAZNEX INVEST signed a MoU on the establishment of a ~US$3 billion joint agricultural investment fund. During the same month, the Ürümqi-Almaty cargo route was increased to daily service.
  • In May 2016, freight train service from China’s Ürümqi to Kazakhstan’s Almaty (aka Alma-Ata) began operating once a week.
  • In December 2013, the Zeleny corridor opened in Bakhty, East Kazakhstan Province and in its cross border checkpoint in Paikitu, Xinjiang Region, China. Additionally, Kazakhstan’s Akmola region [central Kazakhstan] planned to export 10,000 MTs of wheat to China by the end of the year. Kazakhstan expected to increase its wheat exports to China in the following years.

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