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Germany applies to China to resume poultry exports – ministry

HAMBURG, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The German government has applied for permission from China to resume imports of German poultry meat, Germany's agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.

China in July agreed in principle to reopen its market to imports of German poultry meat which had been stopped after an outbreak of bird flu disease in Germany.

Junior German agriculture minister Hermann Onko Aeikens said in a statement that the process to reopen China's market to German poultry had been made possible as China has lifted bird flu import restrictions.

German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner will travel to China next year to assess the status of negotiations, Aeikens said.

China is one of Germany's largest markets for meat exports, especially pork. (Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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