China to receive 2,000 tonnes of beef from Brazil

beef-FransAndersson-sxchuChina had suspended beef imports from Brazil, following a cow being tested positive for BSE. (Image source: FransAndersson/sxc.hu)China’s beef imports from Brazil are set to increase significantly, following the lifting of an embargo, stated Brazilian agriculture minister Katia Abreu

Eight Brazilian beef providers have been given the go-ahead to send 2,000 tonnes of fresh beef to China, said Abreu.

Further, beef exports to China are expected to reach nearly US$700mn in 2015 from US$37mn in 2012, added the agriculture ministry. At the end of 2012, China had suspended beef imports from the South American country after a cow was tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

However, in June 2015, a Brazilian trade mission, including representatives from the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brazil) visited Shanghai and Beijing to promote beef exports. They said that the visits were planned to regain the trust of Chinese consumers in Brazilian beef, adding that there was “huge potential” in the Chinese beef market.

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