Nine companies from Brazil have received authorisation to export frozen beef and chicken to China under the terms of one of 35 agreements signed Tuesday in Brasilia by representatives from both countries, the Brazilian press reported.
The agreement, whose technical name is Health and Quarantine Requirement Protocol, authorised the Big Frango company, based in Rolândia in northern Paraná state, to export chicken meat, which until now was prevented by a unilateral decision of the Chinese authorities.
Big Frango is one of the largest groups operating in the poultry sector in southern Brazil, with 45 years of existence, it has annual turnover of 1 billion reals, according to the company’s own figures, and exports to 52 countries.
The company was bought by Brazilian group JBS, the world’s largest meat producer, in November 2014, for 430 million reals.
The Chinese embargo on beef from Brazil was put in place in December 2012 after an unconfirmed suspicion of a case of mad cow disease in the state of Paraná, it was suspended in July 2014 and officially revoked in November.
Under the agreement signed, the eight exporters of beef can re-launch sales, despite requiring prior authorisation from the Chinese authorities.
On Tuesday another agreement was signed between the government of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the China Development Bank and Chinese group BBCA (http://www.bbcagroup.com/english/) on corn and soybean processing. (macauhub/BR/CN)