EU sees potential poultry, pork export growth to South Korea


The government of South Korea has officially recognized the animal disease control procedures in place in the European Union (EU), opening the prospect of increased exports of poultry meat and pork from Europe to the East Asian nation.

Relating specifically to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and African swine fever (ASF), the European Commission (EC) reports that this recognition will make exporting poultry and pork products from the EU to South Korea easier in future.

As a result of this agreement from South Korea’s agriculture ministry, there is potential for an additional EUR1 billion (US$990 million) in trade over the coming years.

Previously, South Korea had a long-term barrier in place, which banned exports of poultry and pig products from any EU country where either of these diseases were confirmed. While it aimed to prevent the spread of HPAI and ASF to South Korea, the ban applied to each country. However, the agriculture ministry has now accepted the effectiveness of the stringent regionalization measures applied by EU member states.

Easing of the restrictions applies to 11 countries authorized to export poultry and poultry products to South Korea. These are Germany, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, France, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Lithuania. Also set to benefit are 14 member states for the export pork and pork products. This applies to the same countries as for poultry (excluding Lithuania), but including Slovakia, Austria, Ireland, and Portugal.

Following its latest decision, South Korea brought its import conditions more closely in line with its commitments under the EU-Republic of Korea free trade agreement (FTA), as well as the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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