Saskatchewan poultry producers can export to Taiwan for the first time since an avian flu outbreak more than five years ago.

Taiwanese authorities have lifted a ban that was imposed on Saskatchewan poultry and poultry products in 2007.

That's when a highly pathogenic strain of avian flu was found in Saskatchewan on a farm that produced hatching eggs for broiler chickens.

Saskatchewan has been recognized as flu-free since 2008 based on the World Organisation for Animal Health requirements.

Agriculture Canada says Taiwan is Canada's fifth-largest export market for poultry and poultry products.

The Asian country imported $77.4 million in 2007 and $142.4 million in 2011 — an increase of 84 per cent.