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Astana, Kazakhstan • 07 December 2023

Kazakhstan and Iran Sign Memorandum on Frozen Meat Export Terms

Historically, Kazakh producers were limited to supplying chilled beef to Iran

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On December 3, Kazakhstan signed a memorandum on the export of frozen meat to Iran. The signing ceremony in Tehran involved Deputy Minister and Head of Veterinary Organization of Iran, Mojtaba Norouzi, and Vice-Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, Amangali Berdalin, the press service of the Ministry reports.

This agreement marks a significant development, creating new export avenues for frozen meat from Kazakh livestock breeders. Historically, Kazakh producers were limited to supplying chilled beef to Iran, with a storage period of up to 3 days.

Key points of the agreement include:

Establishment of veterinary and sanitary import requirements for frozen boneless beef from Kazakhstan.

Coordination and signing of veterinary and sanitary requirements for importing frozen boneless beef from Kazakhstan by the heads of the Veterinary Organization of Iran and the Veterinary Control and Supervision Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, facilitating the export process.

Inclusion of Iranian dairy companies in the Register of third countries authorized to import to the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan expresses readiness to collaborate on incorporating Iranian dairy companies into the Register, subject to an audit and joint inspection involving inspectors from the EAEU and Kazakhstan.

Submission of documentation regarding the shelf life of fresh cattle meat in vacuum packaging.

In response to Kazakhstan's request to extend the shelf life of fresh cattle meat in vacuum packaging from 3 to 16 days, the Iranian side seeks scientific documentation from Kazakhstan. The Iranian Veterinary Organization will review these documents within the technical committee on import and export.

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