Chinese authorities have agreed an accelerated process for inspection and registration of a further tranche of beef plants, as well as an inspection visit to progress sheepmeat access, Minister Creed has confirmed.
The news comes following a meeting with Vice-Minister Zhang Jiwen of the General Administration of Customs (GACC).
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today concluded the second leg of his trade mission to China with Ministerial meetings in Beijing.
Commenting on the day’s events, the Minister said; “Today, I submitted further detailed documentation on these plants to the Chinese authorities in a new template following previous technical discussions.”
“GACC have now committed to an inspection visit in August 2019 for the further tranche of beef plants.”
It has also committed to an inspection visit on sheepmeat in August 2019, which is intended to involve both a systems audit and plants inspections, Creed added.
“I am very pleased that my Chinese counterpart has responded very positively to my two immediate priorities in terms of market access for China; i.e. an early approval of the outstanding tranche of beef plants, as well as progressing sheepmeat access.”
“The commitment by GACC today to an inspection visit to cover both of these priorities in August this year represents real progress.”
Creed concluded by saying “This reflects both the excellent Government-to-Government relationships developed through intensive engagement over the past few years; the quality, safety and sustainability of our beef and sheepmeat offering; and the enthusiasm and demand from both Chinese food businesses and consumer for more Irish food products.”
Minister Creed also met his Chinese counterpart - Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Han Changfu.
Minister Creed’s third Ministerial meeting was with Vice-Minister Ma Zhengqi of the State Administration for Market Regulation, which oversees the registration of formulas for infant milk formula and child nutrition products, a key export category for Ireland in the Chinese market.