Brazilian pork exports could benefit from the import quota announced by the South Korean government. Starting this month, the Asian country, a big destination for Brazilian chicken and one of the largest global importers of pork, should allow 50 thousand tons of meat to be commercialized without tariffs.
The quota is open to all countries that have plants authorized to export to the South Korean market, including Brazil. Currently, only production units in the state of Santa Catarina are authorized to ship pork to the Asian country – Garra International has access to most of them.
According to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul should soon be able to export to South Korea as well, following their recognition as free of foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination by the World Organization for Animal Health.
The quotas are intended to reduce inflationary pressure in the country. Between January and April this year, South Korea imported 2,600 tons of pork from Brazil, a volume 85.5% higher than that recorded in the same period last year.