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24.08.2016 China allows dairy imports from Lithuania

China has approved a list of 16 Lithuanian dairy processingcompanies allowed to export their products to the huge market, says Lithuania'sAmbassador to China Ina Marciulionyte, reports LETA/BNS.

Vilkyskiu Pienine, one of Lithuania's largest milkprocessing companies, was the first one to go public about the clearance,planning to dispatch the first shipment of 20 tons of mozzarella to Chinashortly.

"Yes, the list was approved today and all of theLithuanian companies on the list will be able to export their products,"told Marciulionyte.

Vilkyskiu Pienine's CEO and owner Gintaras Bertasius hassaid that first shipment would leave for China soon.

"We have been cleared and can export as of yesterday.The production will travel by sea. To begin with, we will dispatch a singlecontainer of just over 20 tons. This will be mozzarella, followed by dry productsnext year," Bertasius said.

Dalius Trumpa, board chairman of Rokiskio Suris, told that thecompany's first pilot shipment to China should be dispatched within the nextfew weeks.

The enormous market is crucial for Lithuania, which lost thehighly profitable Russian market in the wake of the food embargo announced byRussia in August of 2014. Lithuanian dairies used to export about 20-40 percentof their output to Russia.

In Lithuania, over 20 companies process milk, while thelargest dairies, Pieno Zvaigzdes, Rokiskio Suris, Zemaitijos Pienas, VilkyskiuPienin and Marijampoles Pieno Konservai, account for processing of about 94% ofthe milk.

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