The final approval of the Korean government to lift the temporary prohibition of chicken meat and pet birds (birds other than poultry) imports from the Philippines has been obtained.
This was following the appeal of the Philippine Agriculture Office (PAO) submitted to the Korean government early this month, Maria Alilia Maghirang, agriculture attaché in Seoul, said.
The Republic of Korea (ROK), through the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), prohibited in March 2020 the imports of Philippine chicken meat and pet birds under “Import Sanitary Condition of Philippine chicken” and “Import Sanitary Condition of birds except poultry” in accordance with H5 avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the Philippines last year.
“PAO Seoul closely coordinated with the Bureau of Animal Industry ) and the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency for the swift correspondence and timely submission of requirements to lift the temporary suspension,” Maghirang said.
On July 15, 2021, MAFRA issued an Administrative Notice for the removal of the temporary suspension to import poultry and pet birds from the Philippines, effective August 6, 2021.
Maghirang said they accomplished several requirements to facilitate the exports of Philippine chicken and pet birds to Korea which were the revision of Veterinary Health Certificates (VHC) for chicken meat and pet birds, and submission of accomplished application forms for the approval of Overseas Livestock Establishments’ renewal of accreditation to export chicken meat to Korea.