US beef and pork sectors celebrate expanded access to China

By Aidan Fortune

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US beef and pork sectors celebrate expanded access to China

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The US meat industry’s international representative has welcomed the update of the Export Library for China by the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS).

The changes which confirm the agreements made in the Phase One trade agreement between the US and China​ allow for more open trade of pork and beef products.

US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president and CEO Dan Halstrom said: “With much broader access for US beef, the US industry is well-positioned to expand its presence in the largest and fastest growing beef market in the world. And while unprecedented volumes of US pork have been shipped to China in recent months, the US pork industry has also faced significant barriers that have kept exports below their full potential. The changes announced in the Export Library will benefit pork exporters looking to expand their business in China, as well as producers and everyone in the US supply chain.

“US pork and beef still face retaliatory duties in China, but a tariff exclusion process implemented by the Chinese government earlier this month is providing some level of relief. While elimination of all retaliatory duties is still the best way for China to level the playing field for US red meat, the exclusion process is expanding opportunities for importers and for the US industry.”

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