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German Pork Export Bans Could Last at Least a Year, Shipper Says

  • China and other key Asian buyers have slapped bans on supply
  • Outbreak contained to two states, no livestock farms affected

German pork could remain shut out of some of the world’s top markets for at least a year as the country works to contain its outbreak of a deadly pig virus, according to Europe’s biggest meat producer.

China and other key Asian buyers slapped bans on supply from Germany -- one of the European Union’s key shippers -- after an outbreak of African swine fever in wild boar in September. Those markets often maintain restrictions until affected producers have been free of new cases for 12 months, meaning it could take a year or more before access resumes, said Jais Valeur, chief executive officer of Danish Crown Group, which operates one of Germany’s largest abattoirs.