Concluding his trade mission to Indonesia and Malaysia, Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Michael Creed, confirmed that exports of Irish pigmeat have been approved to the regions.
“I am pleased to confirm that, after a very productive meeting with my counterpart, the Malaysian Minister for Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Minister Salahuddin, a veterinary health certificate for the export of pigmeat from Ireland to Malaysia has been agreed”, Minister Creed said.
He added that this is very positive news, as the Malaysian market has been on the radar of our pigmeat industry for some time.
“Obviously there are a number of steps remaining before market access is finalised, including an inspection visit from the Malaysian authorities. But agreement on a veterinary health cert is an important milestone in this process,” he added.
“It follows on from technical discussions between officials from my Department and their Malaysian counterparts, as well as my bilateral meeting with Minister. This really underlines the value of trade missions in progressing our market access efforts.”
He also added that poultry is another meat which has been of significant interest to Ireland in terms of market access, and the recent meetings served as a useful chance to discuss our ongoing poultry application.
The Minister invited his counterpart, Minister Salahuddin, and his colleagues, to visit Ireland in 2019 for further discussions on areas of mutual cooperation.
The trade mission will conclude with the formal launch by Minister Creed of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia at a reception hosted by Ireland’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Éamon Hickey.
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