Vietnam Lifts Import Ban on Korean Poultry

6 November 2017, at 12:00am

SOUTH KOREA - South Korean poultry farms will be able to export chickens and ducks to Vietnam, one year after sales were banned due to a widespread outbreak of avian influenza, the agriculture ministry here said Monday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said Hanoi notified Seoul on Friday of its decision to lift the import ban after the two sides agreed on quarantine measures.

Vietnam suspended chicken imports in November 2016 after the highly pathogenic AI swept across South Korea last winter, which led to the culling of more than 33 million birds.

The latest decision comes after Seoul acquired AI clean status on 13 October and notified the World Organization for Animal Health that it was free of the contagious disease.

Hong Kong lifted a ban on imports of Korean chickens on 30 October.

Vietnam imported $25 million worth of poultry from South Korea in 2016, becoming the top export destination for Korean chickens.