VN to export pork to China, official says

May 27, 2017 - 09:00

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has expressed interest in opening official channels for Vietnamese pork to enter China’s market.

An animal health official distributes vaccines to live pigs on a farm in Trà Vinh Province. – VNA Photo Vũ Sinh
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Yesterday, during an official visit to China by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Trần Thanh Nam, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) expressed interest in opening official channels for Vietnamese pork to enter China’s market, said Nguyễn Xuân Dương, Deputy Head of the Department of Livestock Production (DLP) under the MARD.

“The visit proved fruitful, and the Chinese ministry is leaning toward welcoming Vietnamese pork products into their domestic market with a set quota,” Dương said.

However, he also made it clear that food hygiene and product quality must be top concerns for Vietnamese pork farmers and processors. China requested strict control over these criteria, with particular focus on keeping the pigs free from contaminations such as foot and mouth disease.

Regarding official export protocols, China asked Vietnamese authorities, especially the MARD’s Department of Animal Health (DAH), to monitor and manage food hygiene so that the Chinese government can clear the previous 2012 ban on Vietnamese live pigs.

These procedures will be discussed later during upcoming negotiations before the two sides reach an official bilateral trade agreement.

Meanwhile, the MARD suggested Việt Nam’s government agencies work on meeting China’s standards and produce certificates of assurance on hygiene and quality. Chinese animal health agencies promised to do their best to help their Vietnamese counterparts in finishing these official regulations as soon as possible, starting with a Chinese delegation visiting Việt Nam in the foreseeable future to gather information about Việt Nam’s current approach to disease control. China also recommended that Vietnamese producers freeze their exported pork products to maximise food safety.

Despite China’s pork price dropping from VNĐ65,000 (US$2.9) per kilogramme to VNĐ45,000 ($2.01), the current Vietnamese domestic pork price is still a bit lower.

This means Vietnamese producers and farmers will surely benefit from exporting their pork products to China. Even though Chinese importers are currently bringing in pork from other countries besides Việt Nam, the Chinese demand a large supply of pork. On estimation, China can import roughly one million tonnes of pork from Việt Nam annually, according to Dương.

As such, a reconstruction of the livestock industry is much needed to create a strong link between farms, processors and exporters. Furthermore, there should be a stronger and more practical implementation of technological solutions to lower product costs for a stronger competitive edge within the ASEAN region. — VNS