NEW ZEALAND, Wellington. New Zealand's Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor recently announced that the country will resume its semi-processed casings exports to China in the next few weeks after successful talks between the two countries.
"The Ministry for Primary Industries and Chinese authorities have successfully completed talks to enable exports of semi-processed natural casings from New Zealand to China to resume," said Mr. O’Connor.
In 2013, according to the Agriculture Minister, New Zealand voluntarily suspended exports in semi-processed casings in response to discussions with Chinese authorities about the processing steps for these casings.
"New Zealand was able to provide information to Chinese authorities and work with them on revised certification requirements to enable trade to resume next month,” Mr. O'Connor said. The official added that the country was able to provide information to Chinese authorities and work with them on revised certification requirements to enable trade to resume next month.
He furthermore said that New Zealand is currently exporting fully processed casings to China and that the access for semi-processed casings on the Chinese market will provide the industry with opportunities to increase export value and returns. China will be a significant market for our semi-processed casings, with exports expected to exceed $100 mill., according to the Ministry representative.