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The FASFC supports Belgian export

24/06/2015

The Food Agency supports Belgian companies that explore alternative export markets, with regard to the current Russian embargo

Two weeks ago, in the presence of the Belgian Minister of Agriculture Willy Borsus, a memorandum was signed with the Chinese authorities that will soon allow for increased export of Belgian pork to China.

Last week the Food Agency paid a working visit to Brazil. The main objective of this visit was to enable the export of pears in the very near future. In the meantime, other export files were also discussed (pigeons, dairy, gelatine, horses). The smooth progress of the visit was made possible by the Belgian embassy in Brasilia, which also ensures a thorough local follow-up of the files.

In April, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem had already expressed the importance of the Belgian pear export in Brasilia to Brazilian Minister of Agriculture Katia Abreu. During a visit to her Belgian colleague Minister of Agriculture Willy Borsus, in Brussels last month, Mrs. Abreu emphasized that her administration would make sure to treat the Belgian file with priority. From the talks the Food Agency conducted with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA), it became apparent that this message was well received. Even though the evaluation of such files, which among other things contain measures to avoid the introduction of certain plant diseases, will generally take at least up to three years, it appears that Belgian pears will already be present on the Brazilian market by the end of this year. The sector of Belgian auctions, for that matter, was also present in Brazil to explore the market and make the necessary contacts in order to be ready when Brazil opens its gates for Belgian pears.

The Food Agency has strengthened its ties with its Brazilian colleagues, which will lead to an even closer collaboration between both authorities. An exchange of knowledge, experience and 'best practices' between the inspection services of the Food Agency in the port of Antwerp and the MAPA in the port of Santos (the biggest port in Latin America) is one of the possibilities. Owing, among other things, to the flexibility and the professionalism displayed by the Food Agency's border inspection post, Antwerp boasts a number of special assets as a gateway to Europe.

Contact person for the Dutch-speaking press: Lieve Busschots: 0477 59 83 93
Contact for the Francophone press : Jean-Sébastien Walhin : 0476 88 50 77



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