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U.S. beef exports to China no longer banned

This news story was published on June 13, 2017.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration on Monday has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003. These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Secretary Mnuchin for the United States and Vice Premier Wang Yang for China. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China.

On June 12, U.S. beef was added to the list of products eligible for export to China. Details are posted in the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Export Library and in the Export Verification Program administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.

U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng issued the following statement:

USMEF is pleased to see these important steps completed that will soon allow U.S. beef shipments to China to resume, ending a suspension that has lasted more than 13 years. We thank our U.S. government officials for their tireless efforts on this issue, and now look forward to exporting U.S. beef to this very important market.

It is important to note that the market-opening agreement includes requirements that will involve a period of adjustment for the U.S. industry. Meeting these requirements will add costs and this will mean that U.S. beef is priced at a premium compared to other suppliers in the market. With that said, China holds exciting potential for the U.S. beef industry and for buyers in the market who have waited a very long time for the return of high-quality U.S. beef.

Senator Joni Ernst

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement on the news:

“This is a great day for cattle producers in Iowa and across the country. President Trump’s team, including USDA Secretary Perdue, Commerce Secretary Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and newly-confirmed Ambassador Branstad were all instrumental in getting this done. Having access to the world’s most populous nation is a huge win for our entire agricultural industry, as well as for the people of China who can now enjoy our high quality beef.”

China has emerged as a major beef buyer in recent years, with imports increasing from $275 million in 2012 to $2.5 billion in 2016. However, the United States has been banned from China’s market since 2003. The United States is the world’s largest beef producer and was the world’s fourth-largest exporter, with global sales of more than $5.4 billion in 2016. Until the ban took effect, the U.S. was China’s largest supplier of imported beef, providing 70 percent of their total intake.

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    June 13, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Good for the Iowa farm industry complex mostly all controlled by china and political elected officals – alot of them farmers so it’s a win win situation for them – the rest of us will pay the price – China is willing to pay twice the price so if you thought your pound of hamburger was expensive at this time – oh well lets see what happens – My bet is a 30% increase in American beef prices.

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      June 13, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Can’t wait for the $8.00 a pound hamburger