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Argentina's Poultry Industry Is Striving to Reopen Its Main Export Markets



Sofia Garcia, the coordinator of the Argentine poultry processing enterprise center CEPA, discussed in an interview the progress of negotiations to reopen the market and stated that the losses caused to poultry exports due to the avian influenza were 28% for export volume and 38% for export revenue. Garcia said, "We are in comprehensive negotiations to readjust the health certificate, which is the 'passport' that accompanies the export of our poultry meat products into each country." She explained, "We are in negotiations with China to reach a modification to the Protocol because each country's situation is different." China is the most important export market for Argentine poultry meat products. Argentina is one of the countries with bilateral health agreements with China, and the preamble of the protocol stipulates that Argentina is a country without avian influenza. However, as the first case of avian influenza has occurred in commercial farms, it is necessary to modify the agreement to respond to new changes.


Garcia explained, "In the second half of July, a delegation from Argentina's National Agricultural and Food Quality and Health Administration (SENASA) will meet with the GACC of China to negotiate the revision of bilateral agreements and the development of new health and quarantine regulations.


Sofia also pointed out that Chile, as another export market for Argentina, has a different situation because Chile also has an avian influenza pandemic. Garcia said, "We agree to mutual benefit and mutual recognition of the export of products from the outbreak area." In this sense, Garcia stated that her suggestions to countries that prohibit the import of Argentine poultry meat include "ensuring that the export area does not deviate from the 10 mile radius of the declared infected area", and explained, "We guarantee that we use dynamic zoning management policies to establish control and monitoring of different areas


As for EU, Garcia emphasized that "it is crucial to strive for the EU to resume importing poultry products from Argentina. Apart from the EU itself, this also has key guiding significance for other countries. Because many countries, including Arab countries or South Africa, will immediately follow once the EU resumes importing.

At present, the proposal for a radius of 10 kilometers has been accepted by Singapore.