A notification was issued by Chinese Customs late on Thursday evening, stating that the ban
on import of wool as defined inactivated from Foot and Mouth Disease in terms of the OIE
Regulations, will be lifted effective 8 May 2019.
Further information has also been received that a Chinese delegation might visit South Africa
to conduct their own inspections and we await further information.
The announcement which was issued implies that any scoured wool or mohair could be
exported, but that the conditions under which greasy wool could be exported, will be subject
to OIE “Safe Commodities” regulations.
The announcement is a very positive step forward in negotiations with China, but it should be
noted that specific temperature conditions might have to be met before the export of greasy
wool or mohair can resume. We are however waiting for clarification on how DAFF will
implement the issuing of health certificates within these defined parameters.
Issued by Cape Wools
10 May 2019