On 3 December 2019, GIZ SRECA, together with the Agricultural Trade Promotion Centre (ATPC) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), China, conducted a half-day exchange workshop on “Export Processes for Agricultural Goods to China” in Beijing. Policy makers and trade practitioners from government ministries and chambers of commerce in Mongolia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam attended the workshop.

To serve as a platform to disseminate information on global agricultural trade as well as on China’s processes and requirements of importing agricultural products, guest speakers from FAO, the General Administration of Customs of China, China Chamber of Commerce of Import/Export Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products, leading Chinese food corporation COFCO and ATPC analysed into the chronological Chinese import data and practices, and pondered upon the global and Chinese policies on fruit and meat product trades.

Participants also drew upon their practical experiences and discussed with the guest speakers on China-specific and global implementation of SPS measures.

The workshop was also held back-to-back with the 2019 Agricultural Trade Policies International Conference organised by ATPC, FAO and OECD from 1 to 2 December 2019. Participants also attended the international conference and delved into the innovative policy approaches different countries adopt in responding to the rapidly changing agri-food systems.