China approves imports from 12th meat plant

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, said a further Irish beef plant has been approved by the Chinese authorities and listed by GACC, the Chinese General Administration of Customs.

This brings to 12 the number of Irish meat plants approved for export to China, seven beef plants and five pigmeat plants, all since China reopened its beef market to Ireland in 2018.

Minister Creed said: “I am very pleased the Chinese officials in GACC have been able to complete this part of the registration process. This is a testament to my department’s work pursuing market access through technical, diplomatic and political channels.”

Increasing market opportunities is a key component of the Food Wise 2025 strategy and Ireland’s response to Brexit.

The 12 approved plants are sited across the country.

“The knock-on benefits to our farmers all across the country is also notable,” said Minister Creed. “My focus is now on getting additional beef plants approved and I will also try to progress sheepmeat access to China as part of the Trade Mission there next month.”

Total Irish agri-food trade exports to China reached almost €795 million last year. China is now Ireland’s fifth largest market overall. China was the third largest dairy export market and the second largest pigmeat export market. China is also a growing market for seafood and other food and drink exports.

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