Canada regains access to the Chinese pork market
Canada succeeded to regain access to the Chinese pork market after four months of suspension in issuing the sanitary certificate of meat shipment to the Asian country. “We are very appreciative of the efforts of government officials to help restore reliable access to China,” said Rick Bergmann, Canadian Pork Council (CPC) Chair. “We’d like to thank Canadian Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr for the leadership they have shown in working to resolve this issue. We look forward to working with Ambassador Barton to further strengthen Canadian-Chinese relations”.
This news is very timely as Chinese pork supplies have been significantly reduced by an outbreak of African swine fever. “Producers look forward to help meet the demands of Chinese consumers for wholesome, high-quality pork” added Rene Roy, CPC’s Second Vice-Chair. China is a very important market for Canadian producers. In 2018, Canada’s pork exports totaled almost $4 billion, of which $514 million was exported to China making it the third-largest export market.
Next week, a delegation including CPC’s First Vice-Chair Hans Kristensen and representatives from Canada’s red meat industry including Canada Pork International and the Canadian Meat Council will travel to China to meet with local importers. “This mission to China is very timely and will allow us to deepen our understanding of the market’s requirements and strengthen our relationships with Chinese importers” explained Mr. Kristensen.