Vietnam has opened its market to beef and lamb products imported from 12 processing plants in Uruguay, according to newspapers in the South American country.
Uruguayan representatives said that their country has received requests from Vietnam for more information about other processors and it hopes more of them will also be allowed to export beef to Vietnam.
The Vice President of the Uruguay National Meat Institute (INAC), Fernando Perez Abella, noted that Vietnam is a potential market of more than 90 million consumers. With annual high economic growth, Vietnam has a high demand for meat, including lamb but the domestic livestock industry has yet to meet.
INAC President, Alfredo Fratti, accompanied Vice President of Uruguay, Danilo Astori, to visit Vietnam last year to promote exporting beef, which is one of the country’s most important sources of foreign currency revenues.
Uruguay is one of the world’s largest beef exporters. Last year, it shipped abroad 405,000 tonnes of meat, mostly beef, earning US$1.58 billion. However, only US$2 million worth of beef exports came from Vietnam.