South Korea has authorized three Brazilian plants for export
South Korea has authorized three plants in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina to export pork to the Asian nation, opening a market in the world’s fourth largest importer of this type of meat.
BRF SA, Cooperativa Central Aurora Alimentos and Pamplona Alimentos each had one meatpacking factory cleared for pork sales to South Korea.The three plants are located in the southern Santa Catarina state, Brazil’s largest pork producer and the only one in the country holding an international certificate of free of food and mouth disease with no vaccination required. BRF said this is the first time in history that Brazilian producers will be allowed to sell pork to that country. If competitive, shipments out of Santa Catarina could fight with United States, Canada and Chile producers for that market.
In 2016, Brazil’s pork exports totaled 733,000 tonnes, a 32 percent rise from the previous year, South Korea imported over 470,000 tonnes of pork from 17 countries in the 12 months to April 2017. The US and Germany supply the most pork to South Korea, but Spain, Canada and Chile are also prominent trade partners.