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.


  • Muhammad Shoaib

    “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.

    • Bilal

      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.

  • fahad khan

    REALLY AMAZING TO SEE THAT he does not know about import and export

  • Pata Nahi Yaha Kab Banned Lagay Gi
    2 Number Injected Chicket Pe

    • Sufian

      Ye broiler “genetic modification” k zariye bilkul muzr cheez bnai hay. Aur wese bhi ab “China Study” k naam se research kehti hay k hme gosht ki itni zarurat nhi.

      • It’s time to leave the Chicken (Except K&N’s, Menu, One Meat, Khaas Meat, Knorr Etc”

        • omer

          @AbdulWAHABAlam:disqus you nailed it

        • Sufian

          No, it is time to ditch broiler chicken and welcome back our desi chicken.

          Young people have a weird reason to reject desi chicken because it’s meat is hard (unless cooked in cooker or for long duration) and its egg has ‘smell’.

          People are so used to eating as unhealthy food as broiler. What you eat is what you become. No wonder why more and more people have become “couch potatoes”.

          • @sufian88:disqus Bhai,
            Likha hai (Except K&N’s, Menu, One Meat, Khaas Meat, Knorr Etc”

            • Sufian

              Wo bhi broiler chicken he hain (white walay).

  • novice

    Import: What we bring “IN” the country
    Export: What we sell and send “OUT” of the country


  • Shahbaz

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

    • Ali Salman

      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 ?

      • Zohaib

        Itni tareefain agar apnay saghay mmaan baaap ki, ki hotien tou aaj janati hotay tum

        • Sufian

          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.

    • omer

      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