Paperwork problem delays Canadian pork shipments to China
By Rod Nickel
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 22 (Reuters) - Some Canadian pork
shipments to China have been delayed by exporters using outdated
forms to certify that the cargoes meet Chinese requirements, the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said on Monday.
The snag comes as Canada has shipped more pork this year to
China, where the domestic pig herd has been ravaged by African
swine fever. The two countries are also locked in a diplomatic
and trade dispute that has resulted in China blocking imports of
Canadian canola from two companies.
China has not imposed restrictions on Canadian pork, and the
CFIA is not aware of either the Chinese government or its
importers causing new delays, a spokeswoman for the agency said
in an email.
The current shipping problem involves different language and
formats used between older and current export certificate forms
provided by the CFIA, she said.
The shipping glitch is a "paperwork problem," but Canada
continues to ship pork as normal to China, said Gary Stordy,
spokesman for the Canadian Pork Council, which represents the
country's hog farmers.
The Canadian government is now pressing Canadian exporters
to seek replacement export certificates "on an urgent basis," as
both current shipments and some others in transit to China are
affected, the CFIA spokeswoman said. She did not estimate the
volume of pork affected.
On Sunday, the CFIA issued a notice urging exporters to use
the most recent version of the form.
China was Canada's largest pork export market by volume
during the first two months of 2019, buying 59,000 tonnes from
Canada, or 23 percent more than it did a year earlier, according
to Statistics Canada.
The uptick reflects China's increased dependence on imported
pork due to the spread since last August of African swine fever.
The disease could mean the deaths of up to 200 million pigs in
the world's largest producer and consumer of pork, according to
(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; additional
reporting by Tom Polansek in Chicago; Editing by Bill Berkrot)
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