9 Nov 2017 - New Zealand’s exports in semi-processed casings are set to resume in the next few weeks following successful talks between New Zealand and China. Semi-processed casings are thin tubular cases used as sausage skins. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says trade discussions have been successful.
“The Ministry for Primary Industries and Chinese authorities have successfully completed talks to enable exports of semi-processed natural casings from New Zealand to China to resume.
“In 2013, New Zealand voluntarily suspended exports in semi-processed casings in response to discussions with Chinese authorities about the processing steps for these casings.
"New Zealand was able to provide information to Chinese authorities and work with them on revised certification requirements to enable trade to resume next month,” says Damien.
“International trade is built on good working relationships between countries and I’m pleased that trade in semi-processed casings will resume soon.
“Natural casings from New Zealand have traditionally been in high demand in China.
“New Zealand currently exports fully processed casings to China. Access for semi-processed casings will provide industry with opportunities to increase export value and returns.
“China will be a significant market for our semi-processed casings, with exports expected to exceed $100 million.
“This progress is further demonstration of the positive relationship New Zealand shares with China."