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China Resumes Imports of Hides, Livestock Skins and Wool from South Africa

15 May 2019

Based on the results of the risk assessments of the foot and mouth disease, the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China decided to lift the suspension of imports of South African hides, livestock skins and wool in the Announcement No. 34 of 2019 jointly issued by the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The decision has come into force starting from 8th May, 2019.

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In February of this year, the outbreaks of foot and mouth disease were reported in South Africa. In order to prevent the spread of the disease, and ensure the food safety for 1.4 billion Chinese people, the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs had no choice but to suspend the export of South African cloven-hoofed animals and relevant products to China. Over the past few months, taking into account the long-term and broader interests reflected in the two countries’ friendly relations, China has attached great importance to addressing the adverse effects caused by foot and mouth disease in South Africa, adopted control measures with a close observation of the local epidemic situation, and carried out relevant risk assessments. Based on the results of the assessments of the disease and the friendship of our two countries and peoples, the Chinese government has decided to lift the suspension on imports of hides, livestock skins and wool in South Africa as its first step to resume imports from South Africa, and will send an expert team at the earliest time possible to conduct field study on South African livestock industries to consider the resumption of beef imports from South Africa.
However, the exports of South African livestock products to China must abide by the technical requirements under the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) technical manual on the inactivation of foot-and mouth-disease virus and the relevant laws and regulations of China.
South Africa is the first country in the African continent to export beef to China. Animal husbandry cooperation is the one of the priorities of practical cooperation between China and South Africa. Under the premise of ensuring food safety, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa is willing to further communicate with its counterpart, with proactive efforts to promote the animal husbandry cooperation and trade between the two countries. With these actions to support SA government’s efforts in rural poverty alleviation, the Embassy is willing to cooperate with the SA partner in search of win-win results that bring benefits to both countries and their people.

Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa




February/March 2020














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