China has stopped imports of pork from Germany and will destroy existing supplies regarding the pig killing disease.
Germany, which relies on China for about two-thirds of its pork exports outside the European Union, This week confirmed a case of African boar fever. This led South Korea and Japan to postpone the purchase and Taiwan began inspecting the goods of passengers from the European nation.The ban, effective from September 11, applies to direct and indirect purchases of hogs, pigs and related products from Germany, Friday’s statement by China’s General Administration of Customs. The customs agency said that the nation would destroy or return all German pork shipments that began after September 11, which the customs agency had started before the date.
This move by China has dealt another blow to Europe’s largest economy, which is reeling from the economic impact of the epidemic, and comes just days after the Asian nation said. Resume pork imports from some German meat works previously influenced by coronaviruses.
A spokesman for the German Ministry of Agriculture confirmed the ban, adding it was discussed with the Chinese government about the next steps.
German sales to non-EU nations were halted earlier than in previous days, as veterinary certificates were not able to accurately state that the country was exempt from ASF. On Thursday, the case was traced to a wild boar corpse in Brandenburg, near the Polish border.
“Now it is important to create alternative sales opportunities,” said Torsten Stack, who led the ISN interest group of pig farmers in Germany. He said that there has been no change in the situation given the previous stop in exports by the ban.
(The fifth paragraph adds German government comment.)