Hopes for regionalisation policy with ASF in Germany


Vladislav Vorotnikov, Pig Progress

Oct 9, 2020    


The occurrence of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Germany could push the world’s largest pork importers to change their import policy, which would ultimately pave the way for Russian pig products on new foreign markets.


That message was shared by Yuri Kovalev, chairman of the Russian Union of Pork Producers (RUPP) in the Russian magazine Agroinvestor.


Applying a regionalisation policy with regard to ASF


Russia’s hope is that China will apply a regionalisation policy when importing pork from Germany, i.e. allowing continued exports from regions that have not been hit by the ASF, thus maintaining restrictions only for those areas where ASF was recently found. Kovalev added, “Consequently, we hope that China would also apply the regionalisation policy concerning Russia. As of today, ASF has been found in 50 countries, which means that regionalisation is a very relevant issue.”


No impact on global pork markets


The ASF outbreaks in Germany are not likely to impact global pork markets, Kovalev added. Other countries, including Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, and the US will fill the gap on the supply side. However, the epidemic is likely to impact the European pork market, where prices are projected to come down in the course of the coming months, he said.


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