China lifts restrictions on livestock product imports from Kazakhstan
China has lifted restrictions on livestock
product imports from Kazakhstan. The ban on poultry imports had been in place
since 2005, and restrictions related to foot-and-mouth disease had been in
effect for the past two years since 2022. Thus, Kazakhstan can again export
frozen beef and pork from southeastern regions and poultry products to China.
However, the countries should carry out certain necessary procedures, such as
coordinating veterinary standards and registering enterprises, as outlined by
the relevant ministry. In the near future, Kazakhstan is set to submit a list
of domestic enterprises for preliminary inspections to ensure product quality. About
60 Kazakh companies currently export livestock products to China, including
dairy goods, fish products, and honey, the Agriculture Ministry reports.
Kazakhstan is set to significantly expand the range of export goods, providing
opportunities for domestic producers to enter new markets.
“Work is currently underway to diversify
export destinations, with plans to supply livestock products to nine additional
countries, including Kuwait, Lebanon, and Southeast Asia, and to expand product
offerings to European markets. We are also working on honey exports, targeting
new markets and tailoring product types to specific countries. The expansion of
the export range depends on domestic importers’ readiness to meet export
demands and compliance with veterinary standards of importing countries, which
is precisely what we are working on,” said Samat Tyulegenov, deputy chairman of
the Committee for Veterinary Control and Supervision of the Kazakh Agriculture