UAE Lifts Ban on Poultry Imported from Pakistan

For the past 8 years, there has been a ban in place that basically prevented Pakistan from exporting its poultry to the Middle East, especially in UAE. However, the Ministry of Commerce in Islamabad announced on Tuesday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now formally granted companies in Pakistan the go-ahead to export poultry and poultry products.

The ban on the import of poultry and it products was in place around 2006 when avian influenza (bird flu) broke out in Pakistan. Since 2008 however, Pakistan has been declared disease-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Speaking on the occasion the Commerce Minister, Khurram Dastgir, said that Pakistan appreciates the lifting of ban by a longstanding trading partner and brotherly nation. He also appreciated the cooperation extended by the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, and Minister for National Food Security and Reasearch, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan for this purpose.

The Commerce Minister also praised the efforts by the Pakistan Ambassador to the UAE, Moazzam Ahmad Khan and Pakistan Department for Plant Protection and acknowledged Pakistan Poultry Association for their professional support during recent visit of UAE poultry inspectors in the country.

It should be noted that the UAE imports more than $700 million of poultry products annually, a market from which Pakistan was banned from for 8 years.

Lifting of the ban will open this market for Pakistan exporters, who have made commendable technological progress in recent years.


  • “For the past 8 years, there has been a ban in place that basically prevented Pakistan from importing its poultry to the Middle East” what a rubbish article, the author don’t even understand the difference between import or export.

    • Wow, so making a mistake is unacceptable and it instantly makes the whole article rubbish?
      Btw, it’s fixed now. Thanks for the heads up.

  • This sounds good for poultry giants like Hamza Shahbaz, but definitely a bad news for pakistani ppls for high prices of chicken after export ……………………..

    • Oh yea…thank you for highlighting this.

      But don’t you think after export increases it will attract more investors to invest in poultry industry ? If your comment is accepted as it is then we should immediately stop exports so Pakistanis can afford everything at a cheap price? Righttttttttttttttttttttt ?

        • itna arsa agr apne dusro ki burai krne ki jaga kaam kia hota tou aap ab tk KPK ko 1 role-model bna skte the.
          Lekin shayad apkay leader ko chalti gaari main roray atkane k paise milte hain.

    • poultry industry is sufering from over production . it can easily export to uae without effecting much to local market. and also attract new investmnets. good for Pakistan overall.

      companies like K&N , sufi , big bird etc. will benifit more . they can export raw chicken meat and their whole product range. but they have to maintain their quality. one thing more that only big brands with quality will be able to export .

      and your logic is not valid. Thailand 75% industrial production is export oriented. it makes Thailand’s foriegn reserves more strong and also Thailand a more liveable place. Exports are always good for country . it bring $$$ in . Pakistan trade deficit is alarming nowadays. so we should bring export up. and import down

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