The first export consignments of chilled meat have left New Zealand shores bound for China as part of a six-month trial, New Zealand Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said on Friday [30 June 2017]. “The air-freighted consignments from Alliance Group and Greenlea Premier Meats mark a significant step towards enabling permanent access for New Zealand chilled meat to China,” Guy said…Full Article: The Global Times June 2017

Key Points

  • New Zealand’s chilled meat will be exported from 10 approved processing facilities.
  • From 2012 to early 2017, China’s airline services to and from New Zealand increased from 7 to 59.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In June 2017, China approved imports of bovine serum/protein products (aka bovine serum albumin from New Zealand. According to the New Zealand Primary Industries Minister, exports of bovine serum and protein products to China could be worth up to NZD 50 million (USD 36.3 million) annually. The bovine products are primarily used by pharmaceutical laboratories for cell culture growth. It applications include enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests and developing vaccines.

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