EU beef exports to Korea resume after almost 20 years

For now, however, the sanitary restrictions will be lifted only for Danish and Dutch beef products

After almost 20 years, the Republic of Korea lifted its import restrictions on beef and beef products from some European Union Member States, with producers from Denmark and the Netherlands being the first ones to be able to resume exports.

“This is a very welcome development and an important statement of confidence by the South Korean authorities in the safety and quality of European beef. Following confirmation of access for Danish and Dutch operators, I hope that it won't be long before operators in other EU Member States are approved for export to this important and valuable market," Commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, said.

"Securing access for other EU Member States will continue to be a priority for the European Commission in bilateral trade relations with Korea,” he added.

The opening of the Korean market comes after in 2001 the Republic of Korea imposed trade restrictions to the EU in reaction to the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
"It is a sign of well-deserved trust in the EU's comprehensive, multi-layered and very efficient food safety and animal health control system," the Commisson's press service announced, reaffirming that it will continue to work closely with the Korean authorities to secure market access for the remaining Member States that are still awaiting export approval for beef and beef products. 

During a meeting held on 4 September 2019 on sanitary and phytosanitary issues, Korean authorities provided assurances that the pending applications from EU Member States (others than Denmark and the Netherlands) would be processed in due time.

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