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Brazilian meat processing plants

Brazilian meat processing plants.

The number of Brazilian meat plants that can export to China rises to 146.

In the year marking the 50th anniversary of Brazil’s diplomatic ties with China, an additional 38 Brazilian meat processing plants have received approval to export meat and related products to the Asian nation. This announcement came from China’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) to Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

The newly cleared facilities include eight chicken and 24 livestock slaughterhouses, one bovine processing plant, and five warehouses. Notably, among these, one is dedicated to bovine, three to chicken, and one to pork. This development marks a significant milestone in the trade relations between China and Brazil.

Several of these processing plants underwent remote audits in January of the current year, while others underwent on-site evaluations in December of the preceding year. Chinese technical teams were hosted and assisted by representatives from Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) during these assessments.

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Greats Steps and Decision towards major trade.

Carlos Fávaro, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA), hailed this development as a momentous occasion for both nations. He remarked that China would benefit from receiving top-quality meats at competitive prices, ensuring a steady supply of agricultural products for its populace. Meanwhile, Brazil stands to gain through job creation, expanded opportunities, and the bolstering of its economy. Fávaro emphasized the historic significance of this milestone in the Brazil-China trade relationship, characterizing it as a moment of triumph for Brazilian agriculture. In a video statement released alongside President Lula, Fávaro further celebrated the opening of 96 new markets for Brazilian agricultural products during the current term, noting that 39 of these countries were previously not part of Brazil’s trading partners.

China has solidified its position as the primary destination for Brazilian exports of beef, pork, and poultry, emerging as the largest trading partner for animal protein. In 2023 alone, imports from Brazil to the Asian nation amounted to a staggering 2.2 million tons of meat, valued at over $8.2 billion.

Foreign Affairs and our agriculture.

Roberto Perosa, the Secretary of Trade and Foreign Affairs, highlighted that the decision to authorize processing plants for export lies with the Chinese government. Consequently, it falls upon Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) to fulfill the necessary requirements domestically and communicate to the buying country the list of available plants awaiting validation.

“This marks the largest number of licenses granted simultaneously in history. It underscores the diligent efforts of Minister Carlos Fávaro in negotiations, as well as those of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our agricultural attachés at the Brazilian Embassy in China. We remain committed to expanding the roster of exporting facilities,” Perosa emphasized.

Carlos Goulart, Secretary of Agricultural Defense, echoed the sentiment, stating, “This historic milestone once again affirms the recognition of Brazil’s agricultural defense work, underlining its quality, credibility, and trustworthiness.” As of early March this year, Brazil boasted 106 plants cleared for export to China, encompassing 47 for poultry, 41 for beef, 17 for pork, and 1 for donkey meat.

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