After a 11-year ban on imports, European fresh pork will be able to reach our market again, thanks to an updated bilateral agreement between New Zealand and the EU. A further extension of their trade relations is also in the pipeline.
Changes to their 1996 agreement will introduce simplified procedures, with an electronic form of certification helping reduce both the cost of processing and the number of checks during the importation of products.
Second in the world in the global rankings of pork exporters, the EU annually exports almost 3 million tons of pork meat. Since 2013, NZ saw its imports of European meat growing steadily, and the resumption of fresh pork imports might increase figures even more.