"While Germany continues to find ASF, whether on farms or in wild animals, I do not expect China to reopen its market to German pigmeat."

 

 

New African Swine Fever Case on German Farm Seen as Burden for Import Ban Talks

 

By Reuters

via FarmJournal's Pork - November 16, 2021

 

The discovery of another case of African swine fever (ASF) in farm pigs in Germany in an area previously free of the disease could make negotiations about lifting existing import bans with China and other major buyers more difficult, experts said on Tuesday.

 

ASF was confirmed on farm animals on Monday in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the first case on a farm since July.

 

China and other buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after the first ASF case was confirmed in wild animals in east Germany along the border with Poland, but German pork sales to the inside Europe continue.

 

Germany is asking China to accept the "regionalization concept" which stops pork imports only from the region of a country where ASF has been found instead of a blanket ban on sales from the whole country.

 

"Talks with China and other Asian importers about lifting their import bans on German pork will be made more difficult by the case on a farm again," said Tim Koch, meat analyst at German market consultancy AMI. "I think are talking about years before the Chinese market could be reopened to German pigmeat exports."

 

"While Germany continues to find ASF, whether on farms or in wild animals, I do not expect China to reopen its market to German pigmeat."

 

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