'Accelerated process agreed for sheepmeat and enhanced beef access to China'- Creed
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 for Agriculture Michael Creed has said.
Following a meeting with the Chinese Vice Minister Zhang Jiwen of the General Administration of Customs (GACC) Minister Creed stated:
“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.
“GACC also committed to an inspection visit on sheepmeat in August 2019, which is intended to involve both a systems audit and plants inspections.”
Minister Creed also said he was very pleased that his Chinese counterpart has responded very positively to his “two immediate priorities in terms of market access for China” which are 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,” added Minister Creed.
Senior Director at Meat Industry Ireland (MII) Cormac Healy said that while MII welcomed the move he added it would have been preferable if they had granted approval immediately as it will slow down export growth to the Asian country.
“Meat Industry Ireland (MII) welcomes the fact that the Chinese authorities have committed to a plant approval inspection mission in August. Obviously, it would have been preferable had they granted pre-registration/approval immediately.