Singapore and Vietnam lift restrictions on German pork imports


Both countries have FTA's signed with the EU and their governments agreed to take into consideration the principle of regionalization.

Posted on Mar 10 ,09:00

Singapore and Vietnam lift restrictions on German pork imports

Germany managed to recover some of its pork export markets in Asia, after 6 months of negotiations on the principle of regionalization applied in the EU. A ban was placed in September 2020, after the country reported its first case of ASF in its wild boar population. However, Vietnam and Singapore decide this week to ease restrictions applied on German pork, as the virus hasn't been discovered on farms. Both countries have FTA's signed in the last couple of years with the EU. "Now there is hope in the meat industry that Vietnam can open the door to more markets in the region. The situation in the pig market is visibly improving," commented a German pig association, quoted by Bloomberg.
However, access to the Chinese market, the largest importer of German pork in 2020 and also to the Filipino market is still blocked. Talks are underway with China to resume pork imports from Germany and with Japan, a country that recently opened its market to Hungarian pork, although the East European country has been impacted far more seriously by ASF.

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