China lifts ban for US Beef
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details to allow the U.S. to start beef exports to China. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of these shipments. This is a result of of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, in which the Trump Administration has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003.
China has become a major beef buyer in the recent years, that import value increased from 275 mill. USD in 2012 up to 2.5 bn USD in 2016. The United States is the world’s largest beef producer and is at export ranking at fourth place, with a value of more than 5.4 bn USD in 2016. In 2016 China’s beef imports are mostly purchased from Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.
US beef industry groups, have urged President Trump to negotiate the reopening of the Chinese market to U.S. beef, because of a important future health of the US beef industry.