Chinese Export Opportunities Move Closer

UK - The dream of opening the China's diverse pigmeat market to British industry is becoming reality. A technical agreement on a protocol covering the export trade has been finalised and means the Chinese market should be open for British business in the near future.
calendar icon 23 January 2008
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The agreement is the result of a massive amount of work by Defra, the Foreign Office, the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and the UK pig industry. It came following Prime Minister Gordon Brown's visit to China last week.

BPEX Chief Executive Mick Sloyan said it was a vitally important step towards establishing trade with China.

"We are looking forward to making further progress in the near future. The next steps will be formal recognition that Britain is free of FMD and this will be followed in the coming months by an inspection mission by the Chinese Quarantine authorities and the authorisation of individual abattoirs and processing plants, " he explained.

China, as the world's largest producer and consumer of pork, holds massive potential for GB production. And importantly, it offers a strong market for parts of the pig less favoured in Europe and the west.

"China presents an excellent opportunity to add extra value to the English pig industry, which is much needed given the ongoing high price of feed," said Mr Sloyan.
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