Korea welcomes Aussie eggs
To address a shortage of fresh eggs caused by a bird flu outbreak, the South Korean Government has temporarily removed tariffs for egg imports from a number of countries, including Australia.
Australian egg exporters are taking advantage of this temporary change, with shipments of fresh eggs already sent to South Korea.
The opportunity arose after the Australian Government, through the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. and the South Korean Government agreed to export certification conditions which provide technical market access for shelled eggs from Australia.
Amanda Hodges, Austrade’s Seoul-based Senior Trade Commissioner for Korea and Mongolia, said Korea is applying a temporary zero tariff on imported shelled eggs until 30 June 2017.
“While this is welcome news for the industry, helping to highlight Australia’s capabilities of producing high-quality food, Australian exporters still need to meet Korea’s import requirements for shell eggs,” said Hodges.
“South Korea maintains strict requirements for imports and requires all air and sea freight containers of shell eggs to be sealed using an Australian Government seal. The number of the Australian Government seal must also be included on the certificate,” she said.
Hodges said the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has provided two market access advice notices (number 2017-02 and 2017-03) detailing the necessary requirements to assist exporters of fresh eggs to South Korea.
“From a Korean consumer perspective, Koreans prefer to eat brown shell coloured eggs, rather than white. It is anticipated there may be demand for hatching-eggs and live chicks for breeding at a later date, as Korea seeks to rebuild its laying and breeding stocks,” added Hodges.
Other global suppliers such as the US and Spain have also negotiated export protocols to supply fresh eggs to Korea for the first time.
Hodges also noted that once the tariff returned to normal levels, Australian exporters would still benefit if access is maintained because under the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) the tariff will be reduced over time. Under normal conditions, the tariff in 2017 would be 21 per cent.
Korea is Australia’s fourth-largest trading partner and KAFTA is helping to create a competitive advantage for Australian exporters on a range of products. You can find out the applicable tariffs for any imports or exports to South Korea at https://ftaportal.dfat.gov.au.
- CHOICE relaunches its campaign against “fake” free rangeeggs
- Australianegg industry to bring in over $750 million in revenue 2015
- South Koreacommit to US beef despite protests
Chinese consumer markets for Western-style cakes and cake mixes are still in their infancy, yet earl...
Australia's best known beer brands are part of a huge acquisition deal by the Asahi group based...
Bellamy’s has upgraded its revenue and profit guidance for its 2018 financial year.
Would you like your doctor to follow you around the supermarket while you do the weekly grocery shop...
Last week The Sydney Morning Herald shouted “Subway to add 6 months to shelf life”. Surely there is...
Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tarts are now selling their first flavour variation.
A list of fruit that is permitted to be imported into China, organised by country, could be a source...
DAIRY giant Fonterra is applying itself to help find solutions to malnourishment in older people.