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The People’s Republic of China has announced an import ban on all cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa.

Cape Wool SA says this is due to recent outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in North West Province, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

This announcement had a massive impact on many industries in South Africa that export large volumes of products to China.

Cape Wools chief executive Deon Saayman said China imports 80% of the wool produced in South Africa, generating some R6 billion in export earnings a year.

He says that at the moment there is a shipment of wool in China which has not yet cleared customs worth R300 million and that the wool already bought and paid for by buyers in South Africa, export expectation is R700 million.

“The importance of the South African wool industry cannot be overestimated, as it supports approximately 40,000 communal farmers and 8,000 commercial farmers, their families and dependents, such as
as well as agricultural workers employed in industry,” he added.

Saayman says that although there are no cases of foot-and-mouth disease in the Eastern Cape, the Chinese government is concerned about the resulting spread of the disease.

He says they have already taken this route in 2019 when wool exports were banned for eight months and they complied with all of China’s requirements and don’t think there is a valid reason to include the wool industry in the ban.

Wool auctions have been postponed in the meantime until Chinese authorities have more clarity on the duration and exact nature of the ban introduced in their announcement.
from April 1.