According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Brazil has been in demand by other countries that seek agricultural products and are concerned about possible post-pandemic coronavirus shortages
It reported that Egypt has approved 42 Brazilian establishments to supply meat, 27 of which are chicken processing facilities while 15 are beef, in addition to the renewal of the qualification of 95 companies (82 beef and 13 chicken). The Egyptian government has also authorized the beginning of the importation of bovine giblets.
During March, China updated the list of establishments authorized to sell fish to the Asian country, which has not been the case since 2015. Now, 108 are qualified.
Indonesia agreed with the Brazilian government an extra import quota of 20,000 tons of beef while Kuwait opened its market for Brazilian beef.
Brazil will also start exporting genetic material from birds (such as fertile eggs) to Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile Argentina accepted health certifications for the import of bovine embryos, swine semen and frog meat. Although not concerning meat products, Colombia made the purchase of popcorn official.
Trade barriers falling
According to Minister Tereza Cristina (Agriculture, Livestock and Supply), given the current scenario, some sanitary measures, which often make processes take longer or were even used as trade barriers, “are being left behind”.
The minister recently highlighted that Brazil “has been demanded” by other countries that seek agricultural products and are concerned about a possible shortage of post-pandemic coronavirus.
It is the case of Malaysia and Singapore that have already contacted the Ministry to resume or increase imports of chicken and beef.