November 7, 2019


China imports more meat from Brazil and Belarus, resumes Canada imports


Amid pork supply shortfalls due to the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak and increasing demand for meat, China is securing trade deals to supplement supply, reported Bloomberg and Belarus News.


In Brazil, the Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina said China has approved exports of swine offal (organ meats) from Brazil. The ministry said the new market access for swine offal is expected to result in US$2 billion shipments in 2020.


According to government data, Brazil's swine exports to China have gone up by 38% in October 2019, and export revenues have also rose 67%.


Cepea, research arm of the University of Sao Paulo said the rising demand for swine has increased prices by more than 30% over the past year in some regions of Brazil.


In Belarus, Anatoly Khotko, Belarus Agriculture and Food Minister and Li Guo, Vice Minister of the General Administration of Customs of China met to finalise a deal to export Belarus' poultry, which includes by-products, chicken feet and wing tips to China.


Food exports from Belarus to China reached US$80 million between January to September 2019, a 54% increase year on year. $29 million worth of meat products were exported around the same time. At the moment, Belarus exports to China poultry, frozen beef, dairy, dairy products for animal feed and fish products.


Both countries are in discussion to export chilled beef and beef by-products in future.


In Canada, the country's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that China will resume pork and beef imports with Canada. This comes five months after China banned all meat imports from Canada after a Huawei tech executive was detained in Canada.


Guy Saint-Jacques, former Canadian ambassador to China said pork prices have gone up by 70% or more in some parts of China.


-  Bloomberg and Belarus News