November 6, 2023
Cuba recognises Brazil's health control for dairy, meat and seafood products
Brazil announced that authorities in Cuba have recognised the equivalence of the former's health inspection systems, specifically, for Brazilian exports of dairy products, beef, pork, poultry and seafood.
In effect, Cuba's National Animal Health Centre (CENASA) is granting Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAPA) authorisation to certify and qualify establishments audited by CENASA in 2022 and 2023, as well as other production units, provided the established requirements are met.
The new system, which will initially be valid for two years, with the prospect of renewal, reduces the bureaucracy of access to the Cuban market for new plants by eliminating the need for on-site inspections. The procedure known as "pre-listing" attests to the high level of confidence in Brazil's national health control, whose rigor is recognised by the more than 150 countries which consume Brazilian products in question.
In 2022, Brazil exported US$57.9 million in animal protein, dairy products and fish to Cuba, the equivalent of 43,300 tonnes of food.
Between January and September 2023, it exported more than US$38 million worth of the same products, equivalent to 27,300 tonnes of food.