Mexico is the third-largest pork importer in the world and traditionally the largest U.S. market for pork exports by volume. Over the past few years, shipments to this important market have faced headwinds. First, retaliatory tariffs related to Section 232 actions disadvantaged U.S. product. Then the coronavirus pandemic and a weak Mexican economy weighed on demand.
On October 27, 2021, China notified the National Food Safety Standard of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for 41 Veterinary Drugs in Food to the World Trade Organization (WTO) as G/SPS/N/CHN/1233. The deadline for comment submissions is December 26, 2021.
The number of active African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks in Romania continues to remain high. At the end of October 2021, there was a 43 percent surge in the number of outbreaks from the same time in 2020.
As of October 18, 2021, Poland will temporarily suspend veterinary inspections on consignments of food of animal origin in the border control post Kukuryki-Koroszczyn on the Polish-Belarussian border, as renovation works will commence.
On September 23, 2021, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) published its Interim Implementation Plan to Manage Swine Production Capacity which provides management targets for the swine sector.