New Zealand ships first export consignment of chilled meat to China


New Zealand Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced the shipment of the first export consignment of chilled meat products to China as part of a six-month trial.

The first air-freighted consignments of chilled meat were from Alliance Group and Greenlea Premier Meats.

Guy said: “Chilled meat is a premium, high-value and high-growth product so this is great news for farmers, producers and the wider red meat industry. It’s also welcome news for Chinese consumers.

“The meat industry and MPI are working hard to ensure the trial is a success and access can be opened up to all eligible premises at the end of the six-month period.”

“These are the first of many more shipments expected to be exported to China as part of the trial, which is a big step forward for our work to expand access to China for a range of meat products.

“This is the kind of product that will end up in high-end retail stores and white tablecloth restaurants.”

As of 31 March, New Zealand’s frozen red meat exports to China reached NZD1.14bn ($833m) in trade.

The trials follow recent successes such as the agreement of formal access for New Zealand bovine blood products last week.

New Zealand will initially be exporting meat products from ten local companies.

Guy added: “The meat industry and MPI are working hard to ensure the trial is a success and access can be opened up to all eligible premises at the end of the six-month period.”