Two Brazilian states may start exporting tobacco to China

27 September 2012

The Chinese health and hygiene authorities are expected this year to approve exports of tobacco produced in the Brazilian states of Santa Catarina and Paraná, said the director of the Vegetable Hygiene Department of the Brazilian Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies.

At a meeting of the Tobacco Sector Chamber, held Wednesday in Brasilia, director Cósam Coutinho noted that the results of laboratory tests on the tobacco in the two states were similar to those of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which already exports to China.

“China is interested in the tobacco leaves from the southern region of Brazil, an so the states of Santa Catarina and Paraná are expected to be authorised to export tobacco following a visit by a mission of the Chinese health authorities due to take place this year,” he said.

The aim o the mission is to analyse the process of production, storage and transport, as well as to assess the results of laboratory analyses of the tobacco leaves from those states, together with experts from the Brazilian ministry.

At the end of that mission a protocol is due to be signed authorising the exports, which will be an official recognition that the two states are free of tobacco blue mould disease (Peronospora tabacina). (macauhub)