Brazilian Meat to Gain New Markets in 2014

BRAZIL - The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) is negotiating the opening of new markets for the export of Brazilian meat.
calendar icon 10 January 2014
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One of the most anticipated this year, is a possible conquest of Brazilian beef access to the United States, which has been under negotiation since 1999.

Negotiations with China have also been intense. Brazil has 24 plants approved for export to the country and the goal is to expand and diversify export companies.

For pork, five plants have been empowered. Compared to beef, the expectation for 2014 is to reopen the Chinese market, closed since the notification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in 2012. Currently, eight units are certified to export and the repeal of the ban is expected to add nine more stores.

Saudi Arabia is another important market. The country is traditionally an importer, but suspended purchases after the BSE episode. A Saudi mission in February is expected to lift the embargo and enable establishments.

There is still the expectation of a market opening in South Korea for pork. It is the 5th largest importer of the product and is considered strategic for the diversification of Brazilian exports.

Also in relation to pork, domestic shipments can be resumed this year for South Africa, after they were suspended in 2005. In October last year the Minister Antonio Andrade was reunited with fellow South African, Tina Joemat-Pettersson folder, and negotiations progressed.

Mexico is also a possible destination for Brazilian poultry meat this year. In 2012, the country enabled five plants that could access the market through a tariff quota. The government expects to reach 40 authorized units in 2014.

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