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Trade breakthrough with China

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017

China is going to import animal blood products from New Zealand and the government says the trade will be worth at least $50 million a year.

The approval notice includes protein and serum products which are used for animal vaccines and lab testing, and fetch a high price on the international market.

"Formal access for New Zealand bovine blood products opens up enormous opportunities for our products," said Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

"New Zealand now has market access for both finished and semi-finished products, which will mean exporters can attract a premium price."

Mr Guy says New Zealand has an animal disease status that's the envy of many countries, which means the products are much sought after.

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