Mongolia is regionally supported by the Support of Regional Economic Cooperation (SRECA) project within the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI). The GTI is an intergovernmental cooperation mechanism among PR China, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation to facilitate regional integration in Northeast Asia. Mongolia as the least developed and land-locked member highly depends on trade and trade routes with and through China and Russia. Due to the lack of capacity regarding market knowledge and export requirements to China and Russia, small Mongolian enterprises cannot tap into the economic potentials that derive from exporting agricultural goods to these countries. The further development of the agricultural sector and export of agricultural goods offers huge opportunities for rural and economic development in Mongolia – especially since many micro and small enterprises are based in provincial areas bordering China or Russia.

Against this background, the Center for Agricultural Market Studies (CAMS) of the China Agricultural University was assigned by SRECA to compile the “Export potential analysis of Mongolian livestock products to China”. The study gathers Chinese domestic information on the livestock market, respective trade policies, and market access requirements. It discusses the situation of Mongolian-Chinese agricultural and livestock trade from a Chinese perspective as well as analyses the export potential of Mongolian livestock products to the Chinese market. CAMS draws up specific competition strategies and policy recommendations to improve the export framework for Mongolian meat products. A small-scale survey among relevant public stakeholders from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region was conducted. The outcomes were included into this study.

The study is part of the multi-stakeholder approach from SRECA. It will be utilised to strengthen the public-private dialogue in Mongolia to further enhance the quality of Mongolian livestock product exports. The study further accompanies SRECA approaches in Mongolia to specifically improve the export knowledge of small local enterprises. With partners in Mongolia, product specific export guidelines to the Chinese market are currently being compiled for Mongolian businesses in the local language.