As a result of intense high-level engagement between the European Commission and the Republic of Korea, EU countries can export pork and poultry to the Republic of Korea more easily.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of the Republic of Korea (MAFRA) has decided to remove a longstanding trade barrier that affected EU exports of pork and poultry products, as the Republic of Korea now recognizes the EU’s stringent regionalization measures to control outbreaks of African swine fever and the highly pathogenic avian influenza.
This decision could unlock over one billion euros of trade in the next years.
“Today’s decision by the Republic of Korea to remove restrictions on European exports of pork and poultry should increase export opportunities for a sector that is facing severe constraints. We are delivering on our commitment to support the EU agricultural sector while ensuring that Korean consumers can benefit from high-quality EU products. We welcome the productive cooperation with our Korean partners, with whom we have worked closely on trade-related issues since our trade agreement in 2011. We hope to build on this success to develop similar constructive cooperation with other trading partners on the recognition of the EU regionalization system.”
The decision benefits 11 EU countries that have been authorized to export poultry and poultry products to the Republic of Korea: Germany, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, France, Finland, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Lithuania.
The Commission welcomes this important step taken by the Republic of Korea as it demonstrates trust in the EU control system. This decision allows for more stable trade, which is not only beneficial to EU exporters, but it also means that Korean consumers can continue to benefit from high-quality and safe pork and poultry products from the EU.
With this decision, the Republic of Korea further aligns its import conditions with commitments it has undertaken in the WTO and in the EU – Republic of Korea free trade agreement.
Until now, the Republic of Korea imposed a
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