Pork export bans lead to pork price drops and ‘massive uncertainty’ in Germany

 

By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

September 14, 2020

 

Export bans imposed by various non-EU countries have led to a ‘sharp drop in prices in Germany, according to German pig industry organisation ISN.

 

So far China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Argentina and Brazil have banned pork products from Germany following the loss of its African swine fever-free status, meaning the necessary veterinary certificates can no longer be issued for export clearance, ISN said.

 

As a result, the pork and meat market is experiencing ‘massive uncertainty’, with many unanswered questions about the impact on the market development, ISN said.

 

ISN managing director Dr Torsten Staack said it was now important to ‘quickly create alternative marketing opportunities’ for meat.

 

“The markets now have to rearrange themselves. In view of the current price level, from our point of view it should actually be possible to open other sales valves in a timely manner,” he said.

 

“It is all the more important now that the accompanying negotiations with third countries are continued in order to find solutions for opening up the now blocked markets.

 

He said the organisation was ‘currently working flat out at the highest level’ and was in discussion with the responsible ministries and authorities at federal and state level.

 

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