Japan places huge order for Danish pork products
Danish Crown is looking to employ more than 100 people in its pork processing plants as the Japanese market seems ready to import more pork from Denmark. "It actually comes as a surprise that we have to hire so many right now because we have already raised the number of employees by up to 300 since the New Year. The orders from Japan are on products that require relatively much processing, so we are really happy to have to hire at a time when there are unfortunately many other industries that are having difficulty", commented Soren F. Eriksen, CEO of Danish Crown Pork.
Last year, Danish Crown's exports to Japan totaled more than DKK 3 billion (€400 million) but much of those products consisted of fresh pork. "Because of the customs system, the Japanese buy almost exclusively fresh meat, which they themselves process and package. Several of our customers are interested in changing, so we have to handle a larger part of the processing. These kinds of agreements take time to get in place - but if we succeed, we will need even more hands in the years to come", added Mr. Eriksen. In 2018, a free trade agreement was signed between the EU and Japan, gradually eliminating duties and other requirements for European exporters.
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