Ireland welcomes “very positive” progress on beef access application to China

The Republic of Ireland has been engaging in productive talks with China to gain access to its beef market. 

RoI’s Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine, Michael Creed TD joined China’s Zhi Shuping, senior minister with responsibility for the Quarantine Inspection Service in China (AQSIS) to negotiate access for Irish agri-food products to the Chinese market.

One of the key topics for discussion was Ireland’s application for access for beef to the market.

Creed said that the exchange was “very positive” regarding making progress on a number of technical issues that can help Irish companies hoping to trade with China. “The platform has been laid for further technical engagement between our experts on these issues,” he said.

“On beef, the process of approval is complex, and involves a number of the Chinese Services. However, I am particularly encouraged that the minister has undertaken to ensure that his officials expedite their consideration of Ireland’s application for beef access. While there are further steps in the process, I am satisfied that this represents really positive progress, against a background where Ireland was already the first EU Member State for whom the BSE ban was lifted, in 2015.”

Creed added that Shuping’s commitment to instructing AQSIQ officials in completing a report on a technical inspection in January 2016 was a welcome breakthrough regarding Ireland’s application for access. “This is another milestone on a journey to open opportunities for Irish beef exporters to the lucrative Chinese beef market.

The trip is part of a major trade mission to China where Creed is being joined by representatives of major Irish agri-food and agri-tech companies as well as officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, Sustainable Food Systems Ireland, The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and Teagasc.

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