Subscribe To China Now


China Work Permits: Are You an A, B, or C Tier Talent?

China’s new work permit system for foreigners was rolled out nationwide on April ...

read more
View all in strategy


Understanding Legal Proceedings in China

For foreign investors running businesses in China, it is very likely that they would ...

read more
View all in finance


Catching up with Western China: New Zealand's newest diplomatic...

On 15 June, the Wellington Branch of NZCFS and the New Zealand China Trade Association ...

read more
View all in profile


First shipments of chilled meat to China underway

The first export consignments of chilled meat have left New Zealand shores bound for ...

read more
View all in commentary


Mandarin language assistants welcomed

Forty eight Mandarin Language Assistants were officially welcomed to New Zealand ...

read more
View all in general

MPI welcomes the signing of organic food industry agreement


MPI welcomes the signing of an arrangement with China that will benefit the organic food industry for both countries.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has welcomed the signing of an arrangement with China that will benefit the organic food industry for both countries.

The Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Certified organic products was signed in China by MPI Director-General Martyn Dunne and by Vice Minister Sun Dawei on 14 November.

MPI Director Plants, Food and Environment, Peter Thomson, says this arrangement supports the growth of the organics industry in New Zealand and provides greater assurance for consumers in New Zealand.

“New Zealand consumers can have increased confidence in organic food imported from China because MPI has assessed the Chinese system and found it to be robust.

“This new arrangement and the assessment required to conclude it, provides MPI with knowledge and confidence in the supply of organic produce from China,” says Mr Thomson.

Exports of organic produce to China are currently worth $27 million and are likely to grow with the reduction in compliance costs, and the certainty the arrangement provides New Zealand exporters of organic products.

“Our organic sectors should experience growth, not only with increased export and import opportunities, but also a wider range of organic ingredients available for processed foods that would be available for sale domestically and for export,” says Mr Thomson.