China Bans the Import of German Pork

After the first case of African swine fever (ASF) in Germany, China imposed an import ban on German pork. The Chinese customs administration reported. China is the largest buyer of pork from Germany outside the EU.

All deliveries of meat and products from pigs or wild boars that are shipped from Saturday should be destroyed or sent back. All deliveries that were previously sent are to be examined more closely before they are released, the message says.

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture wants to continue to campaign for trade opportunities. The Chinese government is in talks to reach a regionalization agreement, said a spokeswoman. This aims to limit import bans only to companies from affected German regions, as is regulated within the EU. The ministry confirmed that the Chinese side has now announced the import ban.

The ban comes two days after the animal disease, which is fatal for pigs but harmless to humans, was first detected in a dead wild boar in Brandenburg near the border with Poland. This confirms one of the main concerns of pig farmers and the meat industry. A break in the Chinese market “would hit us very, very hard,” said farmers’ president Joachim Rukwied on ZDF on Friday.

China is the world’s largest consumer of pork. Since it has had to fight a massive swine fever outbreak itself since late 2018, the country has taken tough measures. Well over 100 million animals died or were emergency slaughtered in China last year.

The location of the dead, infected wild boar in Brandenburg is currently being fenced off. A mobile electric fence with a length of twelve kilometers has been erected since Friday in a core zone of three kilometers around the site. The fence construction should be completed on Saturday, as the affected districts Spree-Neisse and Oder-Spree announced.

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After the first case of African swine fever (ASF) in Germany, China imposed an import ban on German pork. The Chinese customs administration reported. China is the largest buyer of pork from Germany outside the EU.

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