SPAIN, Madrid. The Japanese country is the world's second largest importer of pork and Spain is its fourth largest supplier with around 100,000 t.
The trade agreement between the European Union and Japan came into force, which progressively eliminates Japanese customs duties on pig products from the European Union, both for pork and processed pork, opening up new opportunities for the Spanish pig, which is already the fourth largest supplier in the world to Japan.
Until now, tariffs on processed European pork products had a levy of up to 8.5% on the value of the product, while those on meat were 4.3%. From now on, they will tend towards progressive elimination, which will lead to greater competitiveness which will allow Spanish companies to continue to advance in Japan, where the quality of Spanish products is increasingly valued. The agreement also protects a total of 205 food products with geographical indications, which will have a very positive effect on numerous agri-food SMEs.
In fact, Spain is the country that has grown the most in the Japanese market - the world's second largest importer of pork - in recent years, multiplying its exports by five, with around 100,000 t and more than € 340 mill. in 2017, a milestone that has been made possible thanks to the fact that Japanese consumers mainly value the high quality of Spanish white pork.
In recent years, Interprofesional del Porcino de Capa Blanca Español (Interporc) has intensified its promotional activities in Japan, which will be a priority destination in 2019. Thus, Interporc will be present at the prestigious Foodex Japon fair, which is held from 5 to 8 March, and throughout the year will also develop an extensive program of activities, such as its presence in restaurants, retail actions, foodservice or reverse missions of professionals and media with the aim of bringing Spanish pork to importers, distributors and Japanese consumers.