Negotiations for Portuguese companies to begin exporting pork to China are in the “final phase,” Portugal’s foreign minister said on Monday in Beijing.
Augusto Santos Silva also told Portuguese state news agency Lusa that a Chinese technical mission had already made a visit to Portugal to judge the compliance of Portuguese slaughterhouses with the hygiene and sanitary regulations in force in China.
“For our part we have already sent the necessary documents so that the authorisations can be granted,” said the minister.
Santos Silva also said the opening of the Chinese market to pork produced in Portugal will be a quantitative leap in the value of agri-food exports, “which should pave the way for the export of other products in which Portuguese agriculture is competitive, such as fruit.”
The Portuguese Foreign Minister noted the “particularly auspicious” times in relations with China, on a trip to prepare the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Portugal.
“It will be a sign of the excellence of political and diplomatic relations between our countries, as well as the development of the economic relationship between Portugal and China,” Santos Silva said the same day at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
The previous visit by a Chinese a head of state to Portugal was in 2010, at the time President Hu Jintao. (macauhub)