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No chance to rebound German pork exports

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Talks with China on lifting its ban on German pork imports after the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) was found in Germany remain difficult, German junior agriculture minister.

Posted on Sep 10 ,09:55

No chance to rebound German pork exports

 

Germany is trying to resume pork exports since September last year when ASF was first discovered in wild boar population. Talks with Chinese officials are getting difficult since then. China and a series of other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after Germany's first ASF case.

Germany is asking China to accept the "regionalization concept" which stops pork imports only from the region of a country where swine fever has been found instead of a blanket ban on sales from the whole country. Negotiations with China are continuing at the level of experts, Feiler told a press conference.

"These negotiations are proving difficult," Feiler said. Other states seeking regionalization agreements with China had so far not been successful, he added.

"It is important that we continue," he said. "But other countries have shown their readiness to accept the regionalization concept and we are continuing to work towards China also accepting this."
Germany has been successful in containing ASF in a small eastern region, Feiler added.

Some 2,070 ASF cases have been confirmed in wild boar since the disease was confirmed in Germany a year ago in the eastern states of Brandenburg and Saxony along the Polish border. Wild boars wandering into Germany from Poland spread the disease, which is harmless to humans but fatal for pigs.

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