China relaxes customs access for Aussie imported beef: Is it a sign of a thaw in relations?
Changes to COVID restrictions in China have made imported beef trade through Chinese Ports much easier over the past month.
Both Australian exporters and Chinese importers have commented on the development, with customs inspection, and the result has been that the Chinese are actively repurchasing Australian beef, which was “a big turnaround from the back half of last year,” one export contact said this morning.
During 2020, China introduced onerous COVID risk assessment testing on imported chilled and frozen beef, despite international scientific opinion suggesting that frozen meat presented no significant risk of transmission. Times have dropped from as many as two months to one to two weeks since mid-January.
Read more at Beef Central.