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Watch: Denmark and China pen ‘historic’ deal

By Oscar Rousseau contact

- Last updated on GMT

A breakdown of Denmark and China’s historic deal, allowing the former to send heat-treated sausages, salami and canned meats to the latter is what Meat The News tucks into this week. 

The agreement reached between China and Denmark took a decade to complete. It may create new jobs and is expected to generate around 250 million Danish kroner ($36m) in revenue.

The team behind Meat The News, a recently-launched series of regular videos breaking down the top stories, digs into the Danish deal.

Danish Agriculture and Food Council​ CEO Karen Hækkerup, told this site exclusively that the historic deal will strengthen Denmark’s global export position.

Expanded market access

It’s an historic agreement we’ve reached with the Chinese government,​” said Hækkerup.

In the future, we will be able to sell processed pork to the Chinese people. Danish pork is already in high regard among the Chinese and we expect that we will strengthen our position with the Chinese customer​ when we can sell even more products.

We’ve been working on this trade agreement for 10 years now and finally we succeeded. We expect to increase our exports by DKK250m because of this trade agreement. Now we will continue to work with the Chinese authorities to possibly open more markets, such as eggs, poultry and beef.​”

Agreed on 3 May, the deal was signed by the Danish Minister for Environment and Food​, Esben Lunde Larsen, and China’s Commerce Minister, Zhong Shang.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang both were present when the deal was signed.

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