AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin
07 November 2016
AHDB Pork, supported by an importer, is participating to the Great British Food Festival on Tamar Park in Hong Kong from 8 to 13 November, some 40,000 visitors are expected. In addition, three exporters of British pork products are official sponsors, thanks to a major importer of British meat.
FHC (Food and Hotel China) in Shanghai opens on 7 November for three days. This is an important show for China and AHDB Pork will have a large booth as part of the British pavilion. Exporters to Mainland China all plan to attend. The Secretary of State is due to support the event and speak at an international meat conference. A reception for importers has also been planned.
We joined the European Commission this week on the Vietnam leg of its promotional tour of Southeast Asia. We welcome a party of large Russian pig producers, invited to the UK to view our biosecurity methods and pig health scheme, which are by any account, world-class. The group was invited by a pharmaceutical company.
The historical CETA trade deal that took seven years to negotiate, has at last reached a satisfactory conclusion. A Free Trade Agreement should be about trade and not an outlet for globalisation fears, something that escaped Walloons law makers over recent weeks. The Canadians have to be commended for their flexibility and patience in reaching a deal which will also be valuable to European farmers, as we will aim to increase our exports to Canada. However, this demonstrates how difficult it will be to reach large scale trade deals in the future. The CETA deal means that over six years, Canada's annual quota for beef shipped to Europe will rise gradually from 15,000 tonnes to 65,000 tonnes annually. For pork, the quota rises from 6,000 to 75,000 tonnes, again with a six-year phase-in period. This quota is minute in regard with the huge size of the EU pork market. One must be reminded that agriculture accounts for only 3% of Canadian GDP, hence, the relatively balanced agreement on farming reached between Canada and the EU. The ultimate goal of Canada is to reduce its dependency on US trade.
The short term outlook from the European Commission points to record exports of EU pork of 2.7m tonnes in 2016, with production up 1% to 23.6m tonnes. Live pig movements between member states in the first six months of the year are down 14%. From Monday 24 October 2016, any Export Health Certificate (EHC) that has a (618) Notifiable Disease Clearance (NDC) document associated with it, now has a 15-day validity (including reissues). This has increased from a previous standard 10 days, in order to improve flexibility.
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