Germany gets positive signals from China on easing pork import ban


Today (Singapore)

April 28, 2021


HAMBURG - Germany is hopeful of progress in its efforts to persuade China to relax import bans on German pork imposed after African swine fever (ASF) was found in the country, Germany’s agriculture minister said on Wednesday.


China and other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after the first ASF case in Germany, causing Chinese pork prices to surge and German prices to fall.


Germany reiterated a request for regionalisation of pork import bans by China in inter-government consultations between Germany and China on Wednesday, the ministry said.


This would mean stopping pork imports from the region of a country where ASF has been found but not a blanket ban on sales from the whole country. ASF has been found only in wild boars, not farm animals, in parts of east Germany.


Experts from the German and Chinese governments will hold more talks about the regionalisation concept in the near future with the aim of allowing pork exports to resume from German regions free of ASF, German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner said...