Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture confirms that 25 meat processing plants have been granted export licenses from China

 Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture confirms that 25 meat processing plants have been granted export licenses from China

Screenshot of Brazilian Ministry of Agricultures official website

Brazils Ministry of Agriculture said the factories had been able to export meat immediately. All 25 processing plants can export pork, of which 17 can export beef and 6 can export chicken.

According to the national CPI (consumer price index) data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on August 10, 2019, pork supply was tight, rising 23.1% annually from the previous month, an increase of 15.3 percentage points, affecting the CPI increase of about 0.62 percentage points. From a year-on-year perspective, pork prices rose 46.7%, an increase of 19.7 percentage points over the previous month.

According to the Ministry of Commerce, the wholesale price of pork in China was 31.77 yuan per kilogram at the end of August, up nearly 50% compared with July, the Economic Daily reported on the 8th. Due to the decline of pig production capacity and the shortage of pork supply this year, the import of pork has reached an all-time high.

According to the General Administration of Customs, in the first seven months of this year, China imported 1010,000 tons of pork, an increase of 36% over the same period in 2018. At present, Germany is the largest importer of pork in China, accounting for nearly 20% of total imports. Spain and Canada are the two or three countries that import pork.

According to the analysis of Economic Daily, pork imports are mainly divided into South American countries and European countries. Due to the outbreak of African swine fever in some European countries and the difficulty of European pork exports to meet domestic import demand, South American pork imports are expected to increase further. Brazilian pork is expected to become the most common foreign pork on Chinese dining tables due to its low feed cost and high breeding level.

In addition to the 25 approved processing plants, Brazil also hopes to further open its export market.

Orlando Ribeiro, Minister of Trade and Foreign Relations of Brazils Ministry of Agriculture, said the Brazilian government wanted more factories to be approved. He also suggested pre-listing some factories to simplify the assessment process, but with Chinas approval. Under this system, the Brazilian government will create and review a potential list of Chinese suppliers that can be pre-approved if they meet Brazilian health and quality requirements, Ribero said.

However, Reuters noted that Brazilian meat processing industry is currently facing stricter scrutiny from markets such as Europe. These markets are investigating the impact of the countrys livestock boom on deforestation and fires in the Amazon rainforest and other sensitive habitats.

Brazils largest meat processing plant says other markets, such as Europe, avoid buying livestock from illegally felled land in Brazil by monitoring supply chains.

Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Wang Xiaowu_NF