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· German farmers urge China to impose limited import curbs after swine fever find
· Fears Grow China Will Halt German Pork Imports Due to African Swine Fever
· Swine fever found in Germany putting pork exports at risk
· S.Korea bans pork imports from Germany after African swine fever case
· German pork exports to China, some other non-EU states not feasible -ministry
German farmers urge China to impose limited import curbs after swine fever find
Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise, Reuters
September 11, 2020
HAMBURG, Sept 11 (Reuters) - The head of Germany’s farming association DBV on Friday called on China to impose only limited import restrictions and not a national import ban on German pork after a case of African swine fever (ASF) was found in a wild boar in Germany.
South Korea imposed an import ban on German pork after ASF was discovered in a dead wild boar, not a farm animal, near Germany’s border with Poland on Thursday. Germany has major exports to other Asian countries, especially China.
DBV president Joachim Rukwied said pig farmers are concerned “that swine fever will mean the Asian market falls apart.”
“I hope that the Chinese market remains open,” Rukwied said on German television channel ARD. “I hope that they will take a similar course of action as in the European Union with a regionalised answer, in which only meat from the affected region cannot be exported elsewhere in the EU.”
Germany’s domestic pork market is not enough for the country’s large pig farming sector, he said.
“We are greatly concerned, we fear market pressure.”
Asia is important for sale of parts of pigs such as ears and tails which find no markets in Europe, he said.
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Fears Grow China Will Halt German Pork Imports Due to African Swine Fever
September 11, 2020
Nervousness is mounting over whether top pork consumer China will halt imports of the meat from Europe’s biggest producer on concerns about a pig-killing disease.
Germany, which counts on China for nearly two-thirds of its pork exports, confirmed a case of African swine fever on Thursday. That’s already caused South Korea and Japan to suspend purchases, and Taiwan to begin inspecting the luggage of passengers from the European nation.
A Chinese import ban on German suppliers or specific areas where the disease was found is inevitable, said Ma Chuang, deputy secretary general at the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine.
The German case was detected in the corpse of a wild boar near the Polish border. A ban by China would deal a further blow to the European country, which has been struggling with the pandemic’s economic impact, and comes just days after the Asian nation said it’ll resume pork imports from some German meatworks that were earlier affected by the coronavirus.
China, the world’s top hog producer, has also been battling swine fever in its own farms since first reporting an outbreak in 2018. That pushed the nation into a supply shortage after the disease slashed herds by about a half, driving up the country’s pork prices and meat imports to record highs.
Germany was China’s third-largest supplier of pork in the first half of this year, after the U.S. and Spain.Germany was China’s third-largest supplier of pork in the first half of this year, after the U.S. and Spain...
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Swine fever found in Germany putting pork exports at risk
By Thomas Escritt and Michael Hogan, Reuters
Sep 10, 2020
BERLIN/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Germany confirmed on Thursday that African swine fever (ASF) had been found in a dead wild boar near its border with Poland, threatening pork exports to China from Europe’s biggest pork producer, which were worth $1.2 billion last year.
Authorities in the German state of Brandenburg quarantined a 15-km (9-mile) area around where the boar was found to search for any more dead animals and also restricted the movement of farm animals.
South Korea, Germany’s second largest pigmeat customer outside the European Union, announced a ban on German pork imports.
The disease is not dangerous to humans but it is fatal to pigs and a massive outbreak in China, the world’s biggest pork producer, has led to hundreds of millions of pigs being culled.
Major pork importers such as China often impose bans on imports from countries where ASF has been found, even if only in wild animals.
“The attention is now on whether importing countries, especially China, impose import restrictions on German pigmeat,” said Andre Schaefer at commodity brokerage Kaackterminhandel GmbH.
“China especially is a vital customer for Germany. If import bans are imposed we could see pork prices under pressure in Germany,” he said.
German pork exports to markets including China and Japan are likely to come to a stop along with South Korea, German meat industry association VDF said.
The association said Asian importers are especially important buyers of pigmeat products which are not popular in Europe such as feet, ears, tails and bones.
Export stops would prevent these products being sold as food and “would have a strong influence on product flows in the pork market.”
In the first four months of 2020, Germany exported 158,000 tonnes of pork worth 424 million euros ($500 million) to China, double the amount in the same period last year, the country’s statistics office said.
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S.Korea bans pork imports from Germany after African swine fever case
Sangmi Cha, Reuters
September 10, 2020
SEOUL, Sept 10 (Reuters) - South Korea banned imports of pork from Germany on Thursday after a case of African swine fever was confirmed in a wild boar in eastern Germany, the South Korean agriculture ministry said.
In 2019, South Korea had an outbreak of African swine fever, recording at least 14 cases of the deadly hog disease, which prompted the culling of more than 145,000 pigs to contain the virus.
Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Editing by Susan Fenton
German pork exports to China, some other non-EU states not feasible -ministry
By Michael Hogan, Reuters
via Successful Farming/Agriculture.com - 9/11/2020
HAMBURG, Sept 11 (Reuters) - German pork exports to China and some other non-European Union countries are temporarily not feasible and have stopped after a case of African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed in a wild boar, Germany's agriculture ministry said on Friday.
Germany's pork exports to China are worth around 1 billion euros annually, but face disruption by the case of ASF in the state of Brandenburg, which is temporarily making essential declarations on export paperwork impossible.
The disease is not dangerous to humans but it is fatal to pigs and a massive outbreak in China, the world's biggest pork producer, has led to hundreds of millions of pigs being culled.
The disease has caused two years of tight protein supplies in China, leading to more imports of other protein sources and falling consumer confidence in pork and food supply chains.
"Most veterinary certificates agreed for the export of pork from Germany include the statement that Germany is free from African swine fever," a ministry spokesman said.
"This statement since yesterday can no longer be made on the certificates."
German pork exports to EU countries are still continuing because of a regionalisation clause, where import curbs target the local region where the ASF case is discovered.
"The German government is currently holding talks with the relevant countries with the goal of revising the certificates with a regionalisation clause," the ministry spokesman said.
German pig prices slumped almost 14% on Friday largely on fears the ASF outbreak will damage exports.
Major pork importers such as China often impose bans on imports from countries where ASF has been found, even if only in wild animals. South Korea, Germany's second largest pigmeat customer outside the EU, has announced a ban on German pork imports...