February 24, 2020
Taiwan bans swine imports from Italy amid coronavirus flight suspension
Taiwan imposed a ban on live swine and pork products from Italy after the latter suspended flights between both nations due to the coronavirus outbreak, reported Reuters.
The TaiwanBureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement that it has removed Italy in a list of countries free of African swine fever (ASF).
Luigi Di Maio, Italy's Foreign Minister said the suspension of flights was an emergency plan, adding that the ban will stay in place as long as it is advised by the health authorities. Italy has banned all flights from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China since January 31, 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to Taiwan's representative office in Italy, Taiwan's total imports of commercial goods from Italy hit US$2.6 billion last year. The biggest imported products are machinery, chemical products and leather.
The Central News Agency, Taiwan's state-owned media quoted the Taiwan government in reporting the ban on live swine and pork products from Italy due to the ASF epidemic in Sardinia, Italy.