The 6th Summit of Heads of State and of Government of BRICS, held in July in Brazil and which brought together private and public and sector representatives from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, was used by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) to try to resolve difficulties affecting its members in exporting to those markets.

Key among discussions was speeding up the export certification for Brazilian pig and poultry plants to allow them to export to China. Currently, 29 Brazilian poultry processing plants are recognized to export poultry meat to China. More were visited by Chinese authorities in 2012, but approval has not been formalized.

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Similar problems exist with Russian accreditation.

With regard to South Africa, the increase in tariffs from 27 percent to 82 percent by that country on Brazilian poultry exports has had a significant impact on shipments this year, the ABPA says, and India’s tariff regime, which can be as high as 100 percent, makes exports almost impossible despite the country being in theory willing to import Brazilian-produced pig and poultry meat.