Brazilian Pig Meat Exports Resume to South Africa

BRAZIL - South Africa has reopened its border to imports of fresh pork from Brazil.
calendar icon 6 November 2014
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After nearly 10 years of negotiation, South Africa has authorised the resumption of fresh pork imports from Brazil. This authorisation excludes piglets and includes mechanically recovered meat, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA).

The Ministry received the official confirmation on 3 November. Exports to South Africa were suspended in 2005 after an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Brazil.

Secretary of International Relations, Marcelo Junqueira, said: "This was a very important negotiation for Brazil and one of the most time-consuming when dealing with fresh pork. This qualification ensures that we can export pork to be further processed there, guaranteeing us a new option in the market sector."

According to the Ministry's Department for International Relations, negotiations with South Africa are ongoing over the list of establishments approved for export to the country authorities.

General coordinator of Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements, Jean Carlo Cury, explained: "Today there is already a list on the South African government web site. We have checked with the authorities of that country that it is still valid. If it is, we will require some adjustments to be made, taking into consideration that some establishments since 2005 have closed or changed the company name."

In September, South Africa was ranked 42nd in the ranking of Brazilian agribusiness exports, reaching a total value of US$32.06 million.

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