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Namibian Beef Exports to China Continue While Dozens of Other Countries Halt Meat Trade Due to COVID-19

China is now the largest market for Namibian beef (photo) and could become even larger if Namibian meat processing plants can remain COVID-free. Photo via Xinhua.

China’s General Administration of Customs published a list of 46 meat processing plants around the world that have halted exports to China due to COVID-19 outbreaks among their workers. But Namibia, so far, is not on the list.

That’s important because Namibia’s state-run meat processing company Meatco has sold 973,412 metric tons to Chinese buyers this year despite the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent slow down in trade. If Namibian meat processing facilities can remain COVID-free, sales are poised to increase further.

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