The first Belarusian companies start frozen beef export to China, the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry said on Tuesday [12 September 2017]. Two Belarusian companies, OAO Mogilev Meat Packing Plant and Veles-Meat, have been opened for deliveries of beef to China, head of the Foreign Trade Department of the ministry Aleksei Bogdanov told local media…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2017

Key Point

  • In 2017, Belarus hopes to export USD 20 million worth of beef to China from eight approved Belarusian meat processing companies.

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  • In July 2017, according to the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Deputy Minister, 21 Belarusian beef manufacturers and 5 poultry factories would be granted export approval to the Chinese market.
  • In June 2017, according to the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister, officials from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) will inspect meat processing facilities. A month later in July, an agreement will reportedly be signed that will allow Belarus to export beef to China. At the time, Belarus had 34 dairy companies that can export to mainland China. During the same month, two Chinese companies (Xinrongji Holding Group and DRex Food Group) announced they would invest upwards of USD 1 billion in Belarus. In addition, Chinese companies/investors would also reportedly purchase a stake in Belarus’ Bank Moscow-Minsk and establish a manufacturing company that produces polylactide, a [biodegradable] type of material that can be used as a substitute for plastic and polyethylene packaging. The polylactide factory would be located in the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone.
  • In February 2017, a Belarusian-Chinese company (producer of construction and utilities special-purpose vehicles) was registered in the Mogilev Free Enterprise Zone, eastern Belarus.
  • In May 2016, China and Belarus reached a trade agreement on meat during Shanghai’s SIAL 2016 international food expo. Hong Kong would reportedly import meat by-products from Belarus. Chinese imports of Belarusian beef and poultry were still under negotiation at the time.

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