October 21, 2016

Finnish oat flakes approved for export to China

Oat grain exports from Finland to China have been allowed since 2011.
Oat grain exports from Finland to China have been permitted since 2011.
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The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) has approved the export of Finnish oat flakes to the Chinese market.

The updated protocol for oats also allows the export of oat flakes from Finland to China and includes certain minor changes related to the export of oat grains. Oat grain exports from Finland to China have been permitted since 2011.

The ministry of agriculture and forestry sees Chinese markets as an important opportunity for Finnish food exports.

“We are very pleased that exports can now be extended to higher value added products, also in the cereal sector,” says permanent secretary Jaana Husu-Kallio.

According to the protocol, oats exporters and companies storing oats in connection with export operations must be included in the AQSIQ register, and Chinese importers must apply for an import permit from AQSIQ before undertaking any import operations.

The news follows last week’s announcement that Finnish meat producer Atria has received the green light to export pork to China.

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