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Pakistan Opens Market for Brazilian Livestock and Aquaculture Products

Pakistan approves import of Brazilian cattle and fish amid UAE ban Pakistan has given the green light to Brazil to export live cattle, tilapia fish, and bovine embryos and semen to the South Asian country, the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The approval comes after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tightened its rules on the import of meat from Pakistan in September 2023, following complaints of substandard shipments. The UAE now only allows vacuum-packed or modified-atmosphere packed fresh or chilled meat from Pakistan that has a shelf life of 60 to 120 days from the date of slaughtering. All other types of packaged fresh or chilled meat are banned from entering the UAE by sea.

Pakistan is one of the largest importers of meat in the world, with a demand of around 3.7 million tons per year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The country mainly relies on imports from Australia, India, and Brazil to meet its domestic consumption and export needs.

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of live cattle, with a total of nearly $489 million in 2023, up 154% from 2022. The South American nation also exported almost $340 billion of products in 2023, mainly to China, which bought nearly $106 billion worth.

Pakistan’s imports from Brazil last year amounted to $298 million, largely from products such as fibers and textiles. The new trade deal is expected to boost the bilateral relations and increase the market share of Brazilian meat products in Pakistan.

Brazil also received the green light to export young tilapia fish to the Philippines, another major importer of meat and fish in Asia. The Philippines imported $918 million worth of products from Brazil in 2023, with meat proteins representing more than three-quarters.

The Brazilian Agriculture Ministry said that the approvals were the result of negotiations with the Pakistani and Philippine authorities, as well as the efforts of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) and the Brazilian Association of Animal Genetics (ASBIA).

The ministry added that the exports of live cattle, fish, and genetic material will follow the health and sanitary standards of the World Organization of Animal Health (WOAH), as well as the specific requirements of each importing country.

In April 2023, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of Pakistan approved the proposed amendments in the Import Policy Order-2022 with regards to the import of live animals and animal products in line with the revised conditions/guidelines by the WOAH on animal trade.

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