Russian pork, which has gained access to the Chinese market, will begin to arrive there in the second or third quarter of 2024, the Ministry of Economic Development reports.
The General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China on Thursday announced the approval of pork supplies from the Russian Federation. The decision was made based on the results of a risk assessment and analysis of the state control system for African swine fever (ASF) in Russia. The Chinese side also recognized the regionalization principle in force in the Russian Federation, which allows the export of pork from regions where there is no ASF. Thus, the restrictions introduced by the Chinese side back in 2008 have been lifted.
“However, to begin actual supplies to the Chinese market, the Russian side needs to take a number of actions, which, according to available estimates, will take from 3 to 12 months,” says a press release from the Ministry of Economic Development. “These actions include signing a protocol on pork requirements, exported from Russia to China; approval of a veterinary certificate for the export of pork and certification of Russian enterprises producing pig products; registration of Russian enterprises in the system of food suppliers of the People's Republic of China (CIFER)."
“For almost 15 years, the authorized departments of our countries have been discussing the opening of the Chinese market for Russian pork. Recently, it has been possible to intensify the negotiation process,” noted the head of the Ministry of Economic Development, Maxim Reshetnikov, quoted in the press release. “China occupies a leading position in the volume of pork consumption by the population. We consider the market this country is the most promising for the supply of domestic pig products."