In a meeting with Mapa's technical teams last week, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) confirmed the completion of all the necessary technical steps for Brazilian peanut exports.
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The GACC granted authorization to 47 Brazilian companies in the peanut sector. The opening for exports has been in effect since September 22. The companies were authorized by the Department of Inspection of Products of Plant Origin of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Defense of the Ministry of Agriculture.
The world's largest consumer of peanuts, China annually imports more than USD 800 million worth of peanuts. From January to May 2022, there were 248,150,853 kilos of the product. Brazil has all the conditions to achieve a good share of these exports, expanding the list of sales to China.
The opening of the Chinese market to Brazilian peanuts is part of a package of advances made in bilateral negotiations this year, possibly the most important in more than a decade.
"This shows that our second crop, which consists of peanuts, sesame and sorghum, is beginning to have space in our exports", highlights the minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa), Marcos Montes, adding that the opening of the new market will provide expansion of product exports, generation of jobs and income in Brazil.
In addition to peanuts, negotiations for exports of sesame and sorghum are expected to be concluded this year. Negotiations were also concluded for exports of soy meal and protein, as well as citrus pulp, which can be exported within a few weeks.
Mapa is also working towards the authorization, soon, of sales of grapes to the Chinese market, as well as poultry and swine meal.
With the opening of the Chinese market for Brazilian peanuts, Brazil reached 43 new markets opened for agricultural products by September this year. Since 2019, the number of open markets has reached 229, in a total of 54 countries, with 26 Asian, 19 American, eight African and one in Oceania.
According to data from the Brazilian Association of the Chocolate, Peanut and Candy Industry (Abicab), obtained through ComexStat, in 2021, Brazil exported the equivalent of US$ 330.5 million of the product (256.6 thousand tons). Brazilian exports have as their main destination the countries of the European bloc.
To ensure that the peanuts produced, whether for export or for the domestic market, are safe and suitable for consumption, MAPA carries out periodic audits at the companies. ■