May 27, 2022


China temporarily suspends four Brazil beef plants



China's General Administration of Customs has announced a temporary suspension on beef imports from four Brazilian slaughterhouses, two operated by JBS SA and two by rival Marfrig, Reuters reported.


The suspension is effective immediately. No reasons were provided for why the beef plants were banned.


Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply confirmed it received the notification about the suspensions from Chinese authorities.


One of the suspended factories, according to an industry source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, is located in the town of Promissao in the state of Sao Paulo. For the next four weeks, it is barred from shipping to China.


According to the same source, Marfrig's Varzea Grande factory in Mato Grosso has been suspended for a week.


The source also said JBS had two units banned for a week, one in Senador Canedo, Goias state, and the other in Lins, Sao Paulo state.


Marfrig did not want to comment. JBS did not immediately reply to a request for comment.


Beijing's decision comes only hours after Brazilian and Chinese officials met and agreed to forward the bilateral trade agenda, which included the signing of a protocol allowing Brazilian corn to be exported to China.


-      Reuters

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