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Turkey’s exports of milk and other dairy products to China will resume, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on May 21, and added that 54 Turkish companies will be able to export to China.

She said that the move came following “intensive initiatives” undertaken by the Trade and Agriculture ministries.

In February, Turkey temporarily halted imports of livestock and animal fats from China over the coronavirus outbreak.

In a tweet, Pekcan said she welcomed the Chinese dairy market opening to Turkish exporters, after Chinese authorities deemed Turkey an exportable country.

“It is pleasing for the Chinese market, which is one of the most important milk and dairy products importers in the world with a value of $6 billion, to open to Turkish exporters,” Pekcan said.

The trade volume between Turkey and China stood at $23.6 billion in 2018 and $21 billion last year, according to the data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).