Global meat trade: South Korea lifts trade ba...
Global meat trade

South Korea lifts trade barrier for pork and poultry products

IMAGO / Xinhua
“In the EU we have put stringent and effective measures against African swine fever and avian influenza in place. The reopening of trade between the Republic of Korea and the EU is a success and a recognition of these efforts which will greatly benefit European producers in the currently difficult economic circumstances,” said Commissioner in charge of Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides.
“In the EU we have put stringent and effective measures against African swine fever and avian influenza in place. The reopening of trade between the Republic of Korea and the EU is a success and a recognition of these efforts which will greatly benefit European producers in the currently difficult economic circumstances,” said Commissioner in charge of Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides.

BELGIUM, Brussels. Last week, the European Commission (EC) and the Republic of Korea removed a longstanding trade barrier affecting EU exports of pork and poultry products. The countrywide import ban had been imposed on countries affected with African swine fever (ASF) or highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

According to an EC press release, South Korea recognised the EU’s strict regionalisation measures to contain outbreaks within an affected region. Therefore, exports from areas in EU Member States which are free of ASF or HPAI will no longer be banned from entering the Republic of Korea. The EC claims the decision could unlock over one billion euros of trade in the following years.


"Today's decision by the Republic of Korea to remove restrictions on European exports of pork and poultry should increase export opportunities for a sector that is facing severe constraints. We are delivering on our commitment to support the EU agricultural sector while ensuring that Korean consumers can benefit from high-quality EU products,” said Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis.

The decision benefits 11 countries that have been authorised to export poultry and poultry products to the Republic of Korea - Germany, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, France, Finland, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Lithuania; and 14 Member States that have been authorised to export pork and pork products - Germany, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, France, Finland, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Austria, Ireland, and Portugal.

Source: The European Commission

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