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Brazil gains access to six new markets for agribusiness in 2021

Feb, 15, 2021 Posted by Ruth Hollard

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Still very dependent on the soy complex and on purchases from China, Brazil continues to work to diversify its export basket. From the beginning of the year until now, there were six new market openings in addition to the other 108 held since 2019. The country also managed to update the health certificate that limited the age of cattle sold to Saudi Arabia.

On February 11, three openings were confirmed: Chile authorized the purchase of Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) eggs from Brazil; Colombia confirmed an opening to import Brazilian rice seeds; and Cambodia accepted the entry of Brazilian pork and meat products.

At the beginning of February, Chile had opened its market to import rodents for exhibition in zoos and for use as pets. In addition, in January the Argentine market was opened for the purchase of bovine guts and bladders from Brazil. This information was obtained from the Department of Trade and International Relations of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The first opening of the year was the Saudi Arabian market for the export of sheep meat. Brazil has only four establishments that work with this type of product. “If there is an increase in demand, there may be an increase in supply and investments in the sector. It was requested by the Arabs, “says secretary Orlando Ribeiro.

The most celebrated achievement, however, is the update of the international health system certificate model with the Arabs for Brazilian beef exports.

The requirement to limit the age of slaughtered cattle to 30 months was removed, an additional precaution for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), known as
mad cow’s disease, which is more likely to affect older animals.

“It is an adjustment that was necessary. Many markets limit purchases from countries that experience cases, but since in Brazil there is no such risk, according to the World Animal Health Organization, we argued that this should not apply to us. In the cattle update, they included sheep meat that they are interested in importing”, said Ribeiro.

Source: Valor

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