The types of goods to be exported by Brazil to China will be increased, with the inclusion, for example, of rice, dairy products, flour for the production of animal feed and fertilised eggs, said the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil, cited by the country’s press.
Minister Blairo Maggi, heading up an official delegation met in Beijing with officials from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said he had received the guarantee from Zou Zhiwu, deputy minister of the General Administration of Chinese Customs, that a commitment will be made to move forward in the negotiations between the two countries in the China Subcommittee on Inspection and Quarantine.
Among the issues that Brazil will address in the subcommittee later this year are exports of pigs and cattle, meat and processed meats, Maggi said, adding that resumption of negotiations is possible because Brazil has been granted the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) free country certificate by the World Organisation for Animal Health.
The minister said that the export and import of fruit should also be included in the trade agreements and that China intends to export fish to Brazil.
Brazil is waiting for the arrival of a Chinese veterinary mission on 21 May to inspect 84 poultry, beef and donkey meat cold storage facilities.
China is the largest market for Brazilian agricultural products, consuming 39% of total exports, which in 2017 reached US$26 billion, of which US$20.3 billion accounts for soybeans and US$2.6 billion for cellulose.
In the same period, Brazil imported goods worth US$1.1 billion from China, mainly cotton and cotton textiles (US$288.2 million). (macauhub)