Vietnam aims to export chicken meat to the EU

Raw chicken for sale 1Vietnams' Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vu Van Tam, held a working session with Dutch company Jan Zandbergen and some partners to discuss exporting livestock products to the European Union

During the meeting in Ha Noi, Vietnam on 28 September, Jan Zandbergen’s representative said 'the EU’s 500 mn-people market has high demand for chicken meat and it currently imports the meat mainly from Brazil, Thailand, and Ukraine.'

According to Bizhub, Jan Zandbergen’s representative advised Vietnam to export processed chicken meat to the EU, as when the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement takes effect, the tax will be cut to zero per cent and Vietnamese chicken meat will not be subject to any EU quota. However, he stressed that Vietnamese firms should meet all quarantine-related requirements, especially food safety regulations, origin and disease tracking rules.

Pham Van Dong, head of the Department of Animal Health, said that 'Vietnam has issued the Animal Health Law and 13 legal documents in the field, and the country has full capacity to satisfy all requirements of choosy markets, including Japan.'

Deputy Minister Tam said that 'Vietnam has shipped the first batch of chicken breast to Japan after adhering to all the strict requirements on food safety.'

Dong proposed that Jan Zandbergen consider investing in building a processing facility meeting EU standards in Vietnam.

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