Vietnam, Canada agree on ASF zoning arrangement


Canada and Vietnam have agreed on an ASF zoning arrangement that will allow Vietnam to safely import pig and pork products from disease-free zones in Canada in the event of an ASF outbreak there.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Vietnam Food Administration worked together to evaluate CFIA’s zoning proposal.

Based on the proposal, Vietnam has agreed to limit its import of Canadian pork and pork products to primary control zones should an outbreak occur in Canada. The total import value caps at USD 59 million/year.

This arrangement is expected to minimize trade impacts to the Canadian swine sector while protecting the swine populations in both countries.

DHN Farm in Dak Lak province recently welcomed 1250 breeding pigs from Canada.

Canada is the world’s third-largest pork exporting country, in both value and volume. It represents 14% of the world’s pork trade, said the CFIA. In 2020, Canada exported 1.49 mt of pork to 95 countries at a total value of over USD 5 billion. Its pork exports to Vietnam were USD 59.2 million.

GGP arrival

Last week, the DHN pig raising project, a joint venture (jv) by De Heus and Hung Nhon, welcomed the first batch of 1250 GGP pigs from Canada’s Topigs Norsvin.

The pigs were delivered to the jv’s breeding farm in Dak Lak province. The farm has a designed total capacity of 2500 GGP pigs. It was constructed in September 2020 to improve the productivity of the pig industry and encourage farmers to restock after the ASF epidemic.

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