More countries reopen markets to Belgian pork as African Swine Flu subsides


By Helen Lyons, The Brussels Times

15 July 2021


Belgium’s struggling pig farming sector received some good news in the form of a lifting of embargos on Belgian pork for some of the countries which had banned imports after citing concerns regarding African Swine Fever (ASF).


South Korea, which is considered a priority country for the Belgian pork sector, was one of those to recently drop its import ban.


“That is excellent news for our livestock farmers,” said MP Leen Dierick (CD&V), who requested the initial figures.


ASF has had a tremendous impact on the pig sector for some time, with many embargoes from countries outside of the EU lasting for over two years, according to the Flemish infocentre for agriculture and horticulture (VILT).


Belgium has been officially recognized as an ASF-free country since the end of December 2020, but 12 of the 17 non-EU countries that imposed an embargo continue to block imports of Belgian pork, citing ASF.


“The countries that still maintain an embargo on the entire Belgian territory are Taiwan, China, Belarus, Australia, Japan, Uruguay, Colombia, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles and Peru,” said Minister of Agriculture David Clarinval (MR).


“The situation is currently still blocked in Belarus and China...


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