As we reported earlier this year, U.S. pork now has access to South Africa, subject to certain product restrictions. There are two separate export certificates for pork shipped to South Africa: one for pork designated for unrestricted sale, and one for pork destined for approved processing facilities in South Africa. These categories were discussed in more detail in our Feb. 26 Exporter Update.
Please note that pork cuts designated for unrestricted sale are subject to a requirement that all visual and superficial lymph nodes must be removed. USMEF has been informed that in the initial test shipment of U.S. pork to South Africa, bone-in and boneless butts and boneless picnics were subjected to dissection prior to undergoing visual inspection and were rejected due to the presence of lymph nodes. Cushions and hams in the same shipment were passed and permitted to enter the market. Exporters with pork products en route to South Africa, or who are preparing pork shipments for export to South Africa, should take note of this situation and monitor these shipments carefully. If you have questions, please email Paul Clayton or call 303-623-6328.