Malaysia allows third Pakistani supplier to import meat

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KARACHI: The Malaysian government has authorized a third Pakistani meat exporter after approving two more last year, it was learned on Tuesday.

Fauji Meat Limited, with the largest meat factory in the country, has obtained approval from the Government of Malaysia to export meat to the South Asian economy.

“This shows that international acceptability and demand for Pakistani meat is gradually increasing,” Advisor to the Prime Minister of Trade and Investment Razak Dawood wrote on Twitter.

“I welcome the efforts of the Trade and Investment Advisor of the Ministry of Commerce in this regard and urge him to make it as easy as possible for our meat exporters to obtain similar approvals.”

Malaysia last year approved two Pakistani companies for exporting meat and meat products. The Department of Veterinary Services of Malaysia and the Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia have approved Zenith Associates and Leiner Pak Gelatine Limited of Lahore for the export of meat and its related products to Malaysia.

Pakistan exports about four percent of the beef and veal produced in a year. Being the world’s top 10 beef and veal producers, the country produces around 1.8 million tonnes.

Exports of meat and meat preparations amounted to $ 306 million in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, about 10 percent higher than the previous fiscal year. This represented 1.4% of the country’s total exports of $ 22.6 billion.

The global halal food market was valued at $ 715 billion in 2018, and is expected to grow an average of 12.7% between 2019 and 2027, according to one estimate.

The trade balance is in favor of Malaysia and the volume of bilateral trade could multiply within a few years if certain adjustments are made to the free trade agreement with Pakistan.

China in April allowed another Pakistani company to export meat to one of the world’s largest markets after lifting quarantine restrictions.

The Organic Meat Company has received approval from Chinese customs authorities for the export of heat-treated meat to China.

The company pioneered the heat treatment process to remove foot-and-mouth disease virus from beef. China is one of the largest consumers of beef in the world and imports half a million tonnes per year to close the gap between supply and demand.

Chinese authorities had imposed quarantine restrictions on Pakistani meat, which has the lowest price in the world. Pakistan exports beef to Vietnam in bulk and from there it enters China without any restrictions.

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