Dutch dairy sector and China strengthen relations

11 June 2014

On Wednesday, 11 June, Cees ‘t Hart, Chairman of the Dutch Dairy Association (NZO) and CEO of Royal FrieslandCampina, visited China AQSIQ (Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China) and met with Mr Wu Qinghai, Vice Minister of AQSIQ. The purpose of this visit was to further strengthen the relationship with the Chinese authority and to discuss the next steps following the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Netherlands in March 2014 and his advocacy of “increased exports of Dutch dairy products to China”.

Vice Minister Wu Qinghai warmly welcomed Cees ’t Hart and stated that AQSIQ is willing to work closely with the NZO and FrieslandCampina to increase imports of Dutch dairy products to China. He also expressed his gratitude to Dutch dairy companies for their cooperation and understanding in view of the recent regulatory changes and the CNCA dairy factory audit. Moreover, he gave some suggestions as to how the Dutch dairy sector could work with the Chinese importation supervision authority and how to better understand Chinese laws, regulations, and standards.

Cees ‘t Hart briefly talked about his meeting with the Chinese president in Keukenhof (the Netherlands) in March and emphasised the importance of further cooperation in the dairy sectors of the two countries to strengthen Sino-Dutch bilateral ties. Not only does the Dutch dairy sector wants to export more dairy products to China, it is also looking to share its knowledge and expertise of dairy production with its Chinese counterparts. Cees ‘t Hart mentioned the Sino-Dutch Dairy Development Centre co-established by Wageningen University and Research centre, the China Agricultural University and Royal FrieslandCampina in November 2013, which showcased the commitment of the Dutch to help the Chinese dairy sector increase milk output and improve product quality by sharing its ‘grass to glass’ expertise throughout the dairy chain.

Cees ‘t Hart and vice-minister Wu Qinghai (r)