EU Commissioner's Legwork Benefits Danish Crown's Export Potential

EU - Thanks to the diplomatic efforts of the EU's Commissioner for Agriculture, new export opportunities opened up as the first container with beef and by-products from Danish Crown's German and Polish slaughterhouses left Husum destined for Hong Kong last Friday.
calendar icon 18 April 2017
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Last Friday, the EU's Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, was thrilled to see a container with beef and by-products from Danish Crown's slaughterhouses in Husum and Sokołów in Poland being shipped from Husum to Hong Kong.

"I'm delighted about this shipment, which is a direct result of the agreement I concluded with the Hong Kong authorities during my visit in November last year," says Phil Hogan.

The agreement means that Hong Kong abandons its requirement that meat imported from the EU must be dispatched from the country in which the animals are born, raised and slaughtered. This change is welcomed by Danish Crown.

"Thanks to Phil Hogan's outstanding efforts, we are now able to dispatch meat from animals from different countries of origin to Hong Kong. This offers new opportunities and gives us a positive outlook in terms of developing our trade with Hong Kong," says Jacob Rahbek, Senior Manager, Export, Danish Crown Beef.

Being able to ship Polish products from Germany is advantageous for the slaughterhouse in Sokołów.

"Previously, it was too expensive for us to send products to Hong Kong because of the transport costs. The removal of this obstacle is an example of how small progress made by the EU can have a major impact," says Mr Rahbek.

Mr Hogan sees the shipment from Husum as a concrete example of how his diplomatic offensive approach last year facilitates the potential for exporting food from the EU.

"The Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, and I have worked relentlessly to find new openings for products from the EU. This work will continue on behalf of EU farmers to ensure the continued success of EU's exports of agricultural products, which reached a record-high one trillion DKK for the current year in November 2016. This is a tribute to EU farmers, who produce the world's best food," says Mr Hogan.

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