Unsuccessful in talks with China to lift trade barriers to Brazilian chicken and sugar, Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi called for “confrontation” at the World Trade Organization (WTO) with the Chinese protectionist boycott.
“We were in the line of trying to understand, to negotiate and we did not succeed . When you try to negotiate and there is not any kind of reaction on the other side, you have to use other instruments,” he told reporters after meeting in Sao Paulo.
Maggi says the federal government will try to suspend the fees charged by China.
Still regarding the obstacles in the commerce, Maggi said that there is nothing new in relation to the expected opening of the Russian market for the meats of Brazil and that still awaits a return.
“When I met representatives of the Russian government in South Africa, I even asked if there was any political malaise that was preventing the embargo from ending, but I was told that it was not the case “he said of talks at the 10th BRIC Summit, which brought together leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in Johannesburg in July.
In the event of political malaise among the countries, the minister said that he would inform Brazilian producers to adapt to market conditions and direct their meat to other buyers. “The Russians have told me that this risk does not exist,” he emphasized.
Finally, on road freight, Maggi said that if the minimum price list is actually maintained, the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) must “be able to make a table that represents the minimum price and not the guarantee of remuneration of the activity “.