MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
After an intense process of technical and diplomatic negotiations, the Chinese market was now opened for the export of table grapes produced in Portugal.
This is the first phytosanitary agreement reached with the Chinese authorities, opening another growth opportunity for the national fruit and vegetable sector. The export of the first Portuguese fruit to China can now begin, provided that all the requirements agreed between the national and Chinese phytosanitary authorities are met.
To the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Food, Luís Medeiros Vieira, “this is excellent news for the national horticultural sector, whose exports have been on a very consistent upward trajectory.” Medeiros Vieira cites the recent figures: “By July, in 2019, exports of the horticultural sector already exceeded 900 million euros, a figure that corresponds to an increase of 11% over the same period.”
“The Chinese market, which this Government has opened for pork, is a market of extreme demand, but of a very relevant size, able to make a difference for many national producers,” said the official, also considering that “in this matter, A consistent negotiation strategy based on high quality standards and dynamic and responsive diplomacy is needed. ” The Secretary of State for Agriculture is now optimistic also about the opening of this market for citrus, pear and apple, processes that are already at an advanced stage of negotiation.
Since taking office, this Government has already opened 56 markets for 228 products (172 from animal and 56 from plant origin) and is working intensely and committed to opening 61 markets for the exportation of 277 products. 232 from the animal area and 45 from the plant area.
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