BPEX blog

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

All roads lead to China...

The way has opened for export of UK pig meat and breeding pigs to China, with two landmark agreements this week.

This means exports from approved plants can commence and it opens up the world’s largest market to UK pig producers, after a number of years’ work by BPEX in conjunction with Defra, UKTI and the Chinese authorities.

Formal agreement of the export health certificate for export of pig meat from the UK to the China has been confirmed to the UK’s Business Minister Vince Cable by the Chinese authorities.

In addition, Dr Cable has signed an agreement which re-opens the export of British breeding pigs to China. The deal is valued at around £45 million to the UK pig industry over the next five years. Dr Cable flew to China yesterday alongside Prime Minister David Cameron as part of the largest UK Government and business delegation ever to visit the Far Eastern giant.

BPEX Chairman Stewart Houston said: “This is wonderful news for the industry and something we have really been looking forward to. It will offer enormous opportunities for pig meat, particularly with a range of fifth quarter products – the parts of the carcase that command a premium in China.

“We are very grateful for the hard work and spirit of co-operation shown not only by the Chinese but also Defra’s international animal health division and the British Embassy and UKTI team in Beijing, to bring these negotiations to a successful conclusion. The process did get delayed somewhat by the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2007 which temporarily halted the talks.”

And BPEX's Helen Thoday has just returned from a visit to China, where she has seen first hand how pork is produced and consumed in the country which is home to half of the world's pig population. Read more on her blog on the NPA website.

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