Live pork and cattle trade between Romania and China could begin as early as November this year.
Chairman of the Romanian National Sanitary-Veterinary Authority (ANSVSA) Vladimir Manastireanu recently said trade would start after export certificates were straightened out and the necessary protocols were signed, which could happen in late October or early November.
The chairman said export certificates had almost been “harmonized” as negotiations continued with representatives from China’s veterinary services.
The parties are working through issues including the conditions that have to be met by importers and exporters, diseases to be supervised as well as quality levels.
The commencement of trade was only a “matter of time” as both parties were keen on the agreement, Manastireanu said.
The announcement follows an economic delegation to China involving the ANSVSA between September 2 and 7.
On 30 August 2013, Romania and China signed a Memorandum of Agreement concerning animal health and safety in relation to food exports, which paved the way for Romanian producers to enter China’s market of two billion inhabitants.
For the Romanian food companies, as well as for animal breeders, the memorandum also potentially opens export markets in other countries including Vietnam, Hong Kong and Algeria.
According to the data from Romania’s National Institute for Statistics, the total number of pigs in Romania was 5.23 million as of December last year. By head, this was a drop of 2.4 percent compared to the almost 5.4 million pigs recorded during the same period of 2011.
As for cattle, their number slightly increased from 2011 to 2012 with the number hovering around 1.26 million.
Shaun Turton, [email protected]