Chinese permits for Croatian dairy exports should be finalised by the end of the year, which will open the Chinese market to Croatian exporters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolusic said on Tuesday.
The procedure is in its final stage and we hope exports could begin by the year's end, Tolusic told the press after a meeting at government headquarters with Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Han Changfu. The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
Tolusic said that the procedure to issue permits was initiated five years ago and that Croatia wished to avoid such a long procedure in the future because it was also interested in exporting poultry, pork, fresh and frozen tuna and other products to China.
"We want a much bigger commodity exchange in agriculture and the food industry and that's why we need Chinese permits," Tolusic said. "We are glad that the Chinese agriculture ministry sees this and is willing to help us," he added.
Tolusic said that by the end of this year the Chinese would make a promo film about Croatian food products and would broadcast it on Chinese TV channels to help promote Croatian products on the Chinese market.
Minister Han said that the Croatian-Chinese cooperation in the agriculture sector was very good and that China wants to intensify it.
"The Chinese market needs quality products and this could help Croatian agriculture, while on the other hand Chinese citizens can enjoy quality Croatian products," Han said.
He added that he expected Croatian dairy products to be placed on the Chinese market soon and announced the media promotion of these and other food products from Croatia.