China open to veal exports from Netherlands after 17 years of negotiations

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Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture received a promise in China that the country will open its borders to veal exports from the Netherlands. This promise is seen as a great success for the Dutch trade mission currently ongoing in China, NOS reports.

The Netherlands had been negotiating for access to the Chinese market for 17 years, Schouten said, according to the broadcaster. Exporting veal to China will bring the sector around 15 million euros per year.

According to Schouten, Dutch products are popular in China because of the high quality and continuous checks thereon. The export of veal to China is not only good news for the sector in the Netherlands, but also for the Chinese consumer, who will get access to high quality meet, the Minister said.

The trade mission to China is led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Ministers Bruno Bruins for Medical Care, Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Schouten of Agriculture, and State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management. 

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