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UAE lifts temporary ban on German imports of live birds, poultry, eggs

| 13 September, 2017
UAE lifts temporary ban on German imports of live birds, poultry, eggs
FILE PHOTO: Fresh chicken is pictured in a meat counter at an organic supermarket in Munich January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has lifted its three-month ban on the imports of all kinds of live domestic and wild birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs, poultry meat, and table eggs from three German states, it announced on its social media channels yesterday.

MOCCAE lifted the ban on the affected animals and products from the northern states of Brandenburg, Niedersachsen, and Schleswig-Holstein based on final reports stating the end of the outbreak of avian influenza following the application of World Organisation for Animal Health guidelines on eradication and sterilisation.

UAE imported around $92,000 of live poultry and $583,000 of meat and edible offal of fowls from Germany in 2015, according to the most recent published data from ITC Trade Map based on United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade). 

In 2015, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member country imported a total of $793.33 million of meat and edible offal of fowls and $4.97 million of live poultry. 

Brazil was the UAE's top fowl meat and edible offal supplier in 2015, accounting for $567.12 million, or 71.49 percent, of all the category's imports.

Saudi Arabia was the country's leading live poultry trading partner in 2015, accounting for 81.88 percent, or $4.07 million, worth of imports. 

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