January 13, 2017 09:37
Fresh eggs imported from the U.S. will hit store shelves in Korea next week amid an unprecedented shortage due to the country's worst-ever outbreak of avian influenza.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Thursday, the shipments of some 6 million fresh eggs from the U.S., weighing 400 tons, will have arrived at Incheon International Airport by the weekend.
It will take up to eight days to inspect the shipments at customs, so the eggs will reach markets next week at the earliest, the ministry said. They are expected to be priced at W300 to W310 each.
Since the season's first case of AI was confirmed in mid-November, more than 30 million birds have been culled, leading to a serious shortage of eggs nationwide.
In response, the government laid out measures to import fresh eggs from abroad. These include the temporary removal of tariffs on eggs and egg products, and subsidies covering 50 percent of importers' shipping costs.
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