The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) is in the process of finalising a trading licence with the regulatory body in China before beginning the export of beef to that Asian country and become the first African country to qualify for beef-in-bone exports to China.

Meatco Marketing and Sales Executive Cyprianus Khaiseb revealed on the company’s website that the company has finally received approval from China to start beef exports to that country, following negotiations on the types of meat which can be exported, market trends and the storage requirements for shipping to Asia.

“Meatco is busy sorting out the trading licence with AQSIQ, the regulatory body that is responsible for providing the import licence. The ball is now in Meatco’s court in terms of when and how much Namibian beef will be exported to China,” he remarked.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) is responsible for issuing the trading licence.

In January 2016, the Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) of China visited Meatco to conduct an audit on the facilities and to collect documentation for the possible export of Meatco products to that market.

Source: Nam News Network

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