Kazakhstan expands export of agricultural products to China

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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Gulmira Issayeva this week met with the Vice Minister of the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Linjun to discuss expanding access of Kazakhstani agricultural products to the Chinese market and sign important documents necessary for the export of Kazakhstani products. This is the Memorandum of Cooperation in the area of plant quarantine and the Protocol on Requirements for the Export of Pork from Kazakhstan to China, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

In order to develop trade between Kazakhstan and China, as well as to implement the measures of the Roadmap signed between the General Customs Office of China and the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan in November 2018, the two sides are working to coordinate the requirements for the export of Kazakhstani products to China. Of the 14 points of the Roadmap, 6 have already been completed. A total of 18 protocols have been signed, which has increased the trade turnover between the two countries.

So, during the first seven months in 2019, the commodity circulation of agricultural products between the two countries grew by 24.5% and amounted to $297 million. At the same time, the export of Kazakhstani agricultural products to China grew by 41% in monetary terms and amounted to $196 million.

The top 10 products include cereals (wheat, barley), flour, vegetable oil and oilseeds, cotton fiber, fodder crops, and confectionery. Promising products are meat, meat and dairy products, soybeans, and corn. Kazakhstan’s agricultural products are valued in China for their high quality and environmental friendliness.

Obtaining access for Kazakhstani products to the Chinese market is important not only to increase trade, but also to attract Chinese investment in the processing of agricultural products in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh government says.

Sergey Kwan

TCA