New Zealand meat shipments to China are being disrupted for the second time in two months after a change in that nation’s rules for meat certification, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said.
New Zealand became aware of China’s new rules on July 4 when a shipment of meat was delayed at the port of Dalian, Guy said in an e-mailed statement. Other consignments may be affected as New Zealand implements changes in response, he said.
“We were made aware that China had issued new rules for New Zealand meat certification,” Guy said. “In the last 48 hours we have sought clarity around the impacts of those requirements and officials have negotiated their implementation.”
China is New Zealand’s second-largest customer for exports and the biggest buyer of the South Pacific nation’s sheep meat. In May, containers of frozen New Zealand meat were delayed for more than two weeks because they didn’t have the correct certification.
New Zealand will implement new rules to satisfy the latest Chinese requirements from July 8, Guy said. Officials have also agreed with their Chinese counterparts on arrangements for shipments currently en-route to China.
China’s new rules affect 1,323 consignments or about 30,000 metric tons, shipped since June 1, Guy said. About a quarter of these will be “practically affected and any delay may only be a couple of days,” he said.
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