South Korea reopens market to German pork

Market closed to ASF outbreaks
calendar icon 6 June 2023
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Deliveries of German pork to the South Korea are now possible again after a two-and-a-half-year ban as a result of the first detection of African swine fever in Germany, according to a government-issued press release. The first three German slaughter and processing plants were again approved by the Korean authorities for export to South Korea. 

According to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) intensive efforts have been made to conclude a regionalisation agreement in order to be able to resume trade from the unaffected regions of Germany.

"Our efforts to lift the ban on deliveries of German pork to Korea are having an effect," said federal minister Cem Özdemir. "I am very pleased that we have succeeded in making it clear that we have created functional protective measures against African swine fever in Germany. We are working to ensure that bans of other third countries on German pork are also lifted, this is especially true with regard to China and we will take every opportunity for this. African swine fever and the following restrictions have given our pig farmers a bitter blow - at a time when many farms have been challenged for years by further existential challenges and associated structural breaks."

A significant sales market in the Asian region is thus reopened for German pork. In 2019, the Republic of Korea introduced around 106,000 tons of pork from Germany, including about 41,000 tons of pork belly. With almost 298 million euros, Korea was the second largest buyer of pork from Germany among third countries this year.

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