China lift ham import ban after years of lobbying by Spain’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Ministry.
Spain’s ham shoulders and legs will debut at the China International Import Export in Shanghai, inaugurated by President Xi Jinping’s visit to Spain – deeming it “Spanish caviar.”
SPANISH Serrano ham producing companies are set for a multi-million euros export boost – after China agreed to import complete legs to be imported.
In 2017 China discovered Spain’s gourmet delicacy jamón ibérico, and Iberian ham.
Demand threatened to outstrip supply, leaving Spaniards facing price increases. María Naranjo, Director of the Food, Wine and Gastronomy department at the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), says it took years of lobbying by Spain’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Ministry to convince Chinese authorities to lift the ban.
A request to export the jamón ibérico de bellota began in 2018, during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Spain.
In September, paperwork was completed and the first whole hams, on the bone, were sent to China in October.
Pork loin, spicy chorizo sausage and other cold cuts could also be exported to China.