Japan lifts ban on imports of Polish poultry and eggs

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Japan has lifted a ban on imports of Polish poultry and poultry products as well as eggs and egg products, the Chief Veterinary Inspectorate announced on Monday.

"Thanks to the efforts of Poland's chief veterinarian and the Polish diplomatic mission in Tokyo, Japan's services announced on July 30, 2020, that Japan has lifted import limitations introduced due to the existence of bird flu (HPAI) in Poland," reads a communique.

In June, a similar decision was announced by Singapore, Armenia and Hong Kong.

Poland is the sixth biggest egg producer in the European Union. Poland's annual egg production is estimated at 570,000 tonnes. Around 65-70 percent of the entire output is sold in Poland and the remaining part is exported.

The coronavirus epidemic has reduced Poland's poultry exports. In March 2020, poultry sales abroad went down by 12 percent year on year.