The Mexican and Chinese governments have formed a group tasked with speeding up authorization for exports of Mexican tequila to the Asian nation, officials here said Thursday.
The creation of the tequila working group was a result of Agriculture Secretary Enrique Martinez y Martinez's visit to China, his office said in a statement.
It added that even as that process is being worked through, the Chinese government has agreed to allow the first shipments of 100 percent agave tequila to enter the country.
Moreover, Chinese authorities responsible for quality supervision, inspection and quarantine reassured the Mexican delegation at a meeting that four Mexican plants were authorized to export pork to China and that that number "should increase soon," Martinez's office said.
It added that progress was made during the meeting on procedures for obtaining export certificates for Mexican products such as mangos, berries, beef and nuts.
The office said these results were achieved in joint sessions following last week's meeting between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Mexico City.
Mexico exports around $200 million worth of agricultural and fish products to China annually, mainly meat, but other market niches in the fruit, vegetable and processed food sectors still need to be explored, the agriculture secretary said. EFE