Brazil Expects USD 2 Billion Boost in Exports to China With New Meatpackers

The Brazilian government expects, in the course of a year, an increase of R$ 10 billion (USD 2 billion) in the trade balance with China following the authorization of 38 new meatpackers for export to the Asian country.

The estimate was announced by the Secretary of Trade and International Relations of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Roberto Perosa.

“The impact is very positive on the Brazilian trade balance. We will have the average increase of up to R$ 10 billion with these authorizations. New authorizations must happen, we’re working hard to make that happen. It will bring income to the interior of the country, to the producer and to the countryside,” Perosa told journalists.

China OKs 38 More Brazilian Meat Producers for Export

On Friday, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Carlos Fávaro, travelled to Campo Grande (MS) to accompany the first shipment of meat to China, from plants recently authorized for export.

A JBS plant was chosen for the president’s visit. According to Perosa, the choice considered which state had the greatest increase in export capacity.

“Mato Grosso do Sul is a symbolic state. Previously, of the entire flock [of the state] only 11% could be exported to China. With the new authorizations this has gone up to 57%. The profile of livestock in Mato Grosso do Sul will change to the positive,” he said.

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Of all Brazilian plants evaluated, 32 were not accepted by the Chinese authorities. After the necessary adjustments have been made, the Ministry hopes to resume negotiations with the Chinese government.

According to Secretary of Agriculture, Carlos Goulart, the government is also considering updating export protocols to China. The issue is expected to be addressed in June during the visit of Vice President Geraldo Alckmin (PSB) to Beijing, the Chinese capital.

Alckmin will participate in Cosban, the Sino-Brazilian High-level Commission for Cooperation, one of the main spaces for dialogue between Brazil and China.

 

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