China reapproves exports from Cranswick’s Ballymena plant

Cranswick Country Foods (CCF) has been reapproved by the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) enabling them to export to China once again.

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) commented that this has provided a “substantial boost” for Northern Ireland’s pork sector. CCF had voluntarily handed over their authorisation to export into the country following a coronavirus outbreak among workers in August.

UFU deputy president William Irvine said the news has been very encouraging for producers who were directly impacted by CCF’s closure earlier in the year.

“Credit must be given to the management and staff at CCF and also DAERA’s veterinary service. In particular, deputy chief vet Perpetua McNamee who worked diligently to restore this market and ensure business could resume as quickly as possible,” said Mr Irvine.

“Farmers are now benefitting from normal pricing levels after a period of decline and are looking forward to CCF’s exports to China getting underway again.”

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