UK to export livestock and livestock products to China

by Editor
Friday, September 05, 2008

China’s restriction on imports of UK livestock and livestock products has been lifted.

Health certificates reportedly have been made available for UK exports of breeding pigs, sheep skins, cattle hides, greasy wool and dairy products (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 12 August).

The ban was placed on UK exports in August 2007, as a result of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Surrey, UK.

Following the lifting of the restriction, Chinese authorities have provided an exclusion period for exports from 7 July 2007 to 7 August 2008. Accordingly, UK products manufactured outside of these dates can be exported to China where agreed export certification exists.

Before the restriction was imposed in August 2007, UK annual exports of sheep skins, cattle hides and greasy wool were worth about £40 million ($71 million).