Chinese authorities are in the process of considering approval to allow Ireland to export more beef.
That’s according to the Irish government, who have informed the local media that ‘significant progress’ has already been made to increase Ireland’s beef trade to China.
This has included the removal of a BSE-related ban in 2015, audit visits and veterinary certification.
At present, the majority of Ireland’s beef ends-up in the UK, but post-Brexit tariffs could put an end to much of that trade.
Meanwhile, Bord Bia – the Irish Food Board – has recognised that the growing demand for quality meat amongst Chinese consumers makes the country an excellent market for potential growth.
With that in mind, it will spend €3.75 million over three years on promoting Irish beef and lamb across Asia, but with a particular focus on China from its regional headquarters in Shanghai.
Ireland exported 70,000 tonnes of pig meat to China last year, and 1,500 tonnes of beef.
Securing access for Irish lamb to both China and Japan is high on the Department’s list of priorities and discussions have taken place with both countries in recent times on next steps to opening the markets there.
The 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference is scheduled for April 8 to 11 in Boao, Hainan Province. The forum will be themed "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity."
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily