Hong Kong has ended its ban on the import of poultry and poultry products from India. The ban had been in place in response to an outbreak of avian influenza that hit India in 2012.
With the lifting of the ban, a big opportunity has been offered to exporters from India. According to a report in the Business Standard, the Hong Kong market for poultry products is worth $2 billion. Even if Indian exporters capture 10 percent of this in 2016-17, India's export of poultry products will triple to $300 million from $106 million in 2014-15.
Many countries had banned imports of poultry products from India following the 2012 avian influenza outbreak. Saudi Arabia opened its market in 2014, and Kuwait lifted its ban on Indian poultry earlier in 2015.
"Opening up of the Hong Kong market is a good development for India as large players with compartmentalized risk mitigation facilities, especially for avian influenza, can initiate shipments of poultry," said UK Vats, deputy general manager in charge of poultry products at the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda).
The directorate of food of Hong Kong, has, however, allowed import of eggs, egg powder, liquid and egg yolk from India, but with strict quality conditions in place.