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· German pork exports to China, some other non-EU states not feasible -ministry
German pork exports to China and some other non-European Union countries are temporarily not feasible and have stopped…
· German farmers urge China to impose limited import curbs after swine fever find
… 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…
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...
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.
Germany’s government is also pressing for regional import bans...