China is this year expected to approve imports of maize from Brazil, which will make it possible for shipments of the grain to be sent in the 2013/2014 campaign, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said Tuesday in Sao Paulo.
“The process is complex and lengthy because it involves information and questionnaires, which have to be filed in Mandarin, with descriptions of diseases that there are in Brazil… We expect that to be sorted out this year,” the director of the Department of Trade Affairs of the International Relations Secretariat of the Ministry, Benedito Rosa told financial news agency Reuters.
A few years ago China changed from being a net exporter of maize to being a net importer of maize and the amount it buys from international markets has increased each year. I 2012/2013 imports totalled 3 million tons and in 2013/ that amount is expected to rise to 7 million tons.
Brazil has increased its maize production by 60 percent in the last 10 years, to a record of 80 million tons in 2012/2013.
Almost all the maize imported by China comes from the United States and the director of the Agriculture Ministry said that it would take some time for Brazilian companies to have as close a relationship with the Chinese as the US exporters have.
Brazil exported a record 20 million tons of maize in 2012 due to a drop in production by the United States, the world’s largest supplier. (macauhub)