China and Brazil on way to re-launching bilateral meat trade

21 September 2007

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 20 Sept – The governments of Brazil and China have taken a further step this week towards unblocking sales of meat between the countries, a Brazilian Agriculture Ministry official told Macauhub Thursday in Sao Paulo.

Luís Carlos de Oliveira, said that the meeting with the Chinese delegation that visited Brasilia Monday defined the workings of the commission set up to analyze the hygiene restrictions of each country.

“The meeting did not open up trade, but in terms of making advances it was a success,” said Carlos Oliveira, director of the Sanitation department of the International Relations Seretariat.

“Information and documents were exchanged and we defined the scope of the bilateral working group,” Luís Carlos de Oliveira told Macauhub.

Also according to the Ministry official, health aspects of the sale of both Chinese and Brazilian beef, pork and foul were analyzed.

“It is a two way street. If we want to export (meat to China), we have to be open to importing,” said Carlos Oliveira.

Célio Porto, secretary of International Relations for the Agriculture Ministry said that “there are expectations that more definite advances will be made in November,” when an Agriculture Ministry delegation will make use of an event in Beijing to make new contacts with the Chinese authorities.

A bilateral trade agreement, however, will only likely be reached in the first quarter of 2008, when the Chinese-Brazilian High Level Commission for Coordination (Cosban), headed by the vice-presidents of both countries, meets in Brazil. (macauhub)

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