Taiwan bakery group to seek government help after China halts imports

08/02/2022 09:31 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) An industry association for Taiwanese bakeries said Tuesday that it would seek the government's help in accessing other foreign markets after China temporarily halted the importation of products from scores of Taiwanese food companies.

Late Monday, China's General Administration of Customs imposed a sudden ban on the importation of products from over 100 Taiwanese food manufacturers, in a move widely seen as retaliation for the expected visit of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Among the food product categories affected by the policy is "crackers, pastries and noodles," in which 35 out of 107 registered Taiwanese companies are currently labeled "imports temporarily suspended" on the customs administration website.

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the United Bakery Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) expressed "shock and frustration" at the decision, and said it hoped that exports would be allowed to resume as quickly as possible.

It did not disclose details on the expected financial impact of the policy, except to say that some of its members had a "considerable proportion" of their business in China and would put off fulfilling orders scheduled for this week.

The association is also planning to seek assistance from Taiwan's government in finding other international buyers, in order to diversify its export market and mitigate such risks in the future, the statement said.

As of Tuesday evening, a number of other Taiwanese food brands, including Wei Chuan Foods, soybean processor Taisun Enterprise and chain pastry store Kuo Yuan Ye, had either declined to comment on the matter or said they were seeking additional information.

Kuai Kuai Co., a popular snack food brand, said it had yet to receive any official notification from the Chinese authorities, but noted that its annual earnings from China are less than NT$1 million (US$33,279).

According to the Ministry of Finance, Taiwan exported a total of US$1.682 billion in food products to China in 2021, of which processed foods accounted for the largest share at US$646.21 million.

(By Chang Ai, Cheng Hung-ta, Lai Yen-hsi and Matthew Mazzetta)



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