FMD PRESS RELEASE
On the 23rd of July 2019, the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of
China (GACC) announced that, subsequent to their risk assessment of the Foot and Mouth
disease situation in South Africa, they are lifting the ban of imported cloven hoofed animals
and their products. This applies to all areas of South Africa, apart from Limpopo, the Ehlanzeni
area of Mpumalanga province and the Umkhanyakude area of KwaZulu Natal.
This would apply to animals and their products where a bilaterally negotiated veterinary export
health certificate is already in place.
Fortunately for the wool industry, a newly negotiated health certificate is in place that enables
the export of greasy wool to China to resume, subject to the temperature and time
requirements in terms of the OIE Terrestrial Code (4°C for 4 months, or 18°C for 4 weeks, or
37°C for 8 days).
Export certification for wool on this basis will commence on 1 August 2019, with the following
approved export facilities in Port Elizabeth, issued with a ZA number: BKB, OVK, Quantro
Wools and Segard Masurel. The ZA number indicates that these facilities have been inspected
and comply with a National South African standard that allows them to be approved as export
facilities. This number is then listed on a National database that is available to international
trading partners. Although a large volume of wool currently in the brokers’ stores will qualify
to be shipped to China, new wool coming into the stores will still have to comply with the
temperature and time requirements as stated above before it can be certified for export.
Further negotiations are ongoing between Cape Wools, the South African National
Department of Agriculture and the Customs Administration of the People’s Republic of China
to refine and clarify the situation for the shipment of newly received wool. This, however, will
not prevent the export of greasy wool to China starting as planned.
The wool industry has been through a very difficult time over the last few months, as 74% of
the wool clip is exported annually to China. Due to the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak,
export of this commodity to China has not taken place since 8 February 2019.
Cape Wools welcomes the resumption of the export of qualifying greasy wool to China and
look forward to further cementing the future of all wool exports, which contributes significantly
to the South African economy.
Issued by Cape Wools
1 August 2019