The first shipment of frozen meat imported from New Zealand arrived in central China’s Zhengzhou city, Henan Province, on Monday [11 September 2017]. The shipment, 13 tonnes of nine different types of meat, departed Tauranga Port on Aug. 8 and arrived in Qingdao Port on Sept. 2 before being transported by refrigerated truck to Zhengzhou…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2017

Key Points

  • Zhengzhou, Henan Province, is positioning itself as China’s top inland port for imported meat. Customs inspections in Zhengzhou typically take 7 to 10 days, while customs inspections at China’s coastal ports generally take 30 days.
  • In March 2017, China and New Zealand reached a trade agreement on the former importing frozen meat.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In June 2017, New Zealand began trial exports (~6 months) of chilled beef to mainland China from 10 approved processing facilities. The first shipments were shipped via air freight. During the same month, 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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