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Minister Židan expects even more permits for the export of Slovenian food products to China already in 2017

Beijing, 8 November – Minister of Agriculture, Dejan Židan, and the Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, Zhi Shuping, agreed in Beijing today to draft a Memorandum that would permanently accelerate procedures for importing Slovenian food products to China. For this reason, Minister Židan expects even more successfully completed permits in 2017.

(Report by special rapporteur Martina Kolenc, Slovenian Press Agency - STA)


Currently, the Administration processes Slovenian applications as priority. "Immediately after the visit we will begin drafting the memorandum on cooperation between the two administrations for food safety in imports and control of agricultural and food products, which will strengthen the cooperation of the competent administrations for food safety in the two countries. On the basis of the memorandum and especially good relationship between the two countries  Slovenia will be considered according to permanently accelerated procedures in the future," said Minister Židan and emphasised that in certain countries similar procedures take as long as 10 years. Permits for the export of food products of animal origin to China are of key importance for strengthening the trade of goods.


The Director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the People's Republic of China, Zhi, stressed that the two sides had already met twice in one year, which indicates the two countries’ great interest in such cooperate.  "We discussed Slovenian milk last year and I am glad that the first shipment has already arrived in China. Next year, we expect a progress regarding canned fish, honey and honey products," Minister Zhi told the Slovenian Press Agency.


He believes Chinese customers will like Slovenian food products. The Administration he heads is ready to provide support in this area. Minister Zhi expects even more Slovenian food products to enter Chinese market. "Quality Slovenian food products can enrich the selection of products of the Chinese customers," he stressed.


The procedures for the import of canned fish are expected to be concluded soon. Slovenia has two producers that are very interested in export to China.


The procedures for the import of honey are also expected to be concluded soon. "Today China answered our completed questionnaire on honey. I anticipate the procedures will be concluded next year. Europe has not established standards on wax and propolis and China will accordingly send its own standards to Slovenia. "Then it is on us to find out whether we are aligned with those standards or not," explained Minister Židan.


Slovenia also inquired about the progress made regarding the procedures for fresh pigmeat and poultrymeat. Currently, Chinese experts are examining the Slovenian answers, while the procedures are processed as priority. "Regarding the abovementioned meat products China sent us a questionnaire to which we have not yet responded.  "It can be expected that on the basis of this year's meeting the export of additional Slovenian products to China will be possible," emphasised Židan.


On Wednesday and Thursday Minister Židan will continue his visit in Hong Kong, where he will meet with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Province and attend the opening of the International Wine and Spirits Fair, one of the largest and most important fairs promoting wine, alcoholic beverages and food products in Asia. The fair is intended, in particular, for the expert public and sales activities. The Republic of Slovenia will be present at this fair for the first time and will have the special status of state guest.


The economic delegation of Slovenia will be represented by 16 wine growers and, additionally, the Berryshka company and the Kocbek Oil Mill.


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