Talks with China on ending its German pork ban remain difficult -minister

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HAMBURG, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Talks with China on lifting its ban on German pork imports after the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) was found in Germany remain difficult, German junior agriculture minister Uwe Feiler said on Friday.

China and a series of other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after Germany’s first ASF case.

Germany is asking China to accept the “regionalisation concept” which stops pork imports only from the region of a country where swine fever has been found instead of a blanket ban on sales from the whole country.

Negotiations with China are continuing at the level of experts, Feiler told a press conference.

“These negotiations are proving difficult,” Feiler said.

By Reuters

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