December 2, 2008
After six years of export suspension by EU of China's poultry, Shandong Zhucheng Foreign Trade Co takes the lead by exporting 600 tonnes of cooked chicken meat to Europe, Belgium.
The export was made from Qingdao to the Port of Antwerp in Belgium.
The EU market has re-opened its doors to Chinese poultry meat products. However, Shandong is the only province in China permitted to export poultry meat to EU nations at present.
In January 2002, EU stated that the Chinese residue pesticide system did not reach standards, and completely prohibited the import of animal-source products from China.
In January 2004, in connection with the bird flu outbreak in some parts of China, the EU completely banned the import of China-produced poultry products.
In July 2008, the EU Committee passed a resolution that allows member states of the EU to resume import of China's cooked poultry meat products from nine companies, including Shandong Zhucheng Foreign Trade and Shandong Xinchang Group.
Poultry meat exported from Shandong Province makes up half of China's total export, with its cooked poultry meat exports accounting for 60 percent of the national total.
After the resumed trade, exports from five enterprises in Weifang city, Shandong, are valued at about US $500 million every year.