China Ends Ban on South African Wool

China has announced that its ban on importation of wool and sheepskins from South Africa due to a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak came to an end in early May.

However, South African wool industry body Cape Wools SA has said the Chinese Customs declaration on May 8 states the ban has been deactivated under the terms of World Organization for Animal Health regulations for safe trade.

China suspended imports of all cloven hoofed animals and their products from South Africa after an outbreak of FMD was detected on Jan. 2 in the high surveillance area of the FMD-free zone in Limpopo. Australian trade sources said the OiE 'Safe Commodities' standards specifying storage and temperature conditions for greasy wool could still impact the release of greasy wool from storage and imports of wool into China due to the thermal inaction.

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Source: Sheep Central