Monday, September 14, 2009

Quarantine Bureau Helps Exporters

The provincial and local branches of China's inspection and quarantine bureaus undertake a lot of programs to introduce and promote international quality and safety standards, and help companies qualify for export markets.

The Henan branch of China's Inspection and Quarantine Administration (AQSIQ) has been busy helping farms register to export live hogs and pork to Hong Kong. The provincial bureau has a program to “cultivate a group of potential enterprises, support a group of large enterprises, elevate a group of advantaged enterprises” to cultivate and assist companies obtain eligibility to export and encourage enterprises to upgrade product quality and their profile.

AQSIQ approved 7 farms of Yuming Livestock Ltd. Co. in Luoshan County of Henan Province to supply live hogs to Hong Kong, bringing the total farms approved in Henan to 36. The production capacity is now 700,000 head. The bureau’s animal inspection office inspected the company and six others in the county for export of live hogs. Personnel from the bureau made many visits to the companies to help them and give corrective guidance in gaining registration from the AQSIQ.

In 2008, Henan exported 203,661 hogs to Hong Kong, the most of any province. This year in the first 8 months, Henan exported 217,762 hogs, an increase of 57%, surpassing last year’s total. In June the Ministry of Commerce increased Henan’s quota by 156,000 hogs. In 2009, Henan could export up to 320,000 hogs to Hong Kong.

"Through the ceaseless efforts of quarantine bureau and companies," 8 farms of Neixiang County’s Muyuan Husbandry Ltd. Co. with annual output of 1 million hogs have passed inspections to export meat products, the first in the county and potentially Henan Province’s largest exporter of frozen pork. The Nanyang branch of the inspection and quarantine bureau included this as a key project of its program to cultivate and assist companies obtain eligibility to export and encourage enterprises to upgrade product quality and their profile.

This year, Henan’s inspection and quarantine bureau helped companies survive the effects of the financial crisis, increase exports and achieve a “quality and safety year,” as a “company service year” activity.

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