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         Fears Grow China Will Halt German Pork Imports Due to African Swine Fever

         German pork exports to China, some other non-EU states not feasible -ministry




Fears Grow China Will Halt German Pork Imports Due to African Swine Fever


††† Germany on Thursday confirmed a case of African swine fever

††† China accounts for almost two-thirds of Germanyís pork exports


Bloomberg News

September 11, 2020


Nervousness is mounting over whether top pork consumer China will halt imports of the meat from Europeís biggest producer on concerns about a pig-killing disease.


Germany, which counts on China for almost two-thirds of its pork exports, confirmed a case of African swine fever on Thursday. Thatís already caused South Korea and Japan to suspend purchases, and Taiwan to begin inspecting the luggage of passengers from the European nation.


While thereís no official ban on trade with China yet, German sales to non-European Union nations have temporarily stopped, a German agriculture ministry spokesman said. Thatís because most veterinary certificates for pork exports state that the country is free from ASF, and thatís no longer the case.


Talks are taking place with relevant nations so that Germany can continue exports from regions that are free from the disease, the spokesman said.


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 pandemicís economic impact, and comes just days after the Asian nation said itíll resume pork imports from some German meatworks that were earlier affected by the coronavirus.


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.


China, the worldís 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 countryís pork prices and meat imports to record highs.


Germany was Chinaís third-largest supplier of pork in the first half of this year, after the U.S. and Spain...


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German pork exports to China, some other non-EU states not feasible -ministry


By Michael Hogan, Reuters

via Successful Farming/ - 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...