Several news that came from China in recent days have revived meat exporters from Córdoba and from all over the country, who see the possibility that the main client abroad they had in recent years, again require the volumes that came to sue in late 2019.
At that time, the Asian giant came to represent more than 70 percent of shipments abroad, but that flow was cut off when the coronavirus appeared.
Since then, purchases have been virtually cut or minimized.
In the case of the Logros refrigeration plant, in Río Segundo, it meant, for example, having to eliminate overtime and reduce the work rate.
But from China it has now been reported that the cases of Covid-19 contagion have begun to decrease and this contributes to an incipient recovery of its economy, which has already been warned, for example, of a greater rate of container unloading at its ports.
Under this scenario, the manager of Achievements, José María Roca, acknowledged that an upturn in eastern demand is already beginning to be seen.
“It is incipient, but it does show more interest. It is still somewhat irregular, but my opinion is that it will improve,” he said.
This week, Logros is shipping four containers (they mean about 100 tons) bound for China: two for beef cuts and two for meat meals.
At the peak of demand, at the end of last year, that refrigerator had even sent a daily container just for cuts.
Similarly, the president of the pork refrigerator Qualitá, Luis Picat, pointed out that, after a month without operations, last week they reloaded two containers for China.
This company based in Colonia Caroya began exporting to this market this year. “I don’t know how it will continue to move forward, but in principle it is slowly reactivating,” said Picat.
Piedmont is another company that produces pork and is also authorized to ship to China.
“It may be that there is a request. I am not aware that it is a waterfall, at the moment,” Daniel Giacosa, vice president of the company, answered more cautiously.
According to the businessman, at this time they do not focus so much on exporting, but rather on the slaughter plants, located in Brinkmann and San Andrés de Giles (Buenos Aires), which can remain operational and supplying the domestic market, in the midst of mandatory isolation. decreed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.