Canadian pork producers are applauding the news today that the issues preventing the export of pork products to China have been resolved. The market has been closed since exports were suspended on June 25.
“We are very appreciative of the efforts of government officials to help restore reliable access to China” says Rick Bergmann, Canadian Pork Council chair. “We’d like to thank Canadian Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr for the leadership they have shown in working to resolve this issue. We look forward to working with Ambassador Barton to further strengthen Canadian-Chinese relations.”
The suspension of product this summer was triggered by China Customs discovering a shipment of non-Canadian pork exhibiting technical irregularities and fraudulently certified as Canadian with falsified documents. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency provided China Customs with all the information and analysis requested to demonstrate that the source of the infractions was not Canadian. The CFIA also assured China of the strong mechanisms in place in Canada to ensure compliance with all of China’s technical requirements.
The CPC says this news is very timely as Chinese pork supplies have been significantly reduced by an outbreak of African swine fever. “Producers look forward to help meet the demands of Chinese consumers for wholesome, high-quality pork” says René Roy, CPC’s second vice-chair.
CPC’s first vice-chair Hans Kristensen will travel to China next week with representatives from Canada’s red meat industry including Canada Pork International and the Canadian Meat Council. “This mission to China is very timely and will allow us to deepen our understanding of the market’s requirements and strengthen our relationships with Chinese importers” says Kristensen.
In 2018, Canada’s pork exports totaled almost $4 billion, of which $514 million was exported to China making it Canada’s third-largest export market.