China to Resume U.S. Beef Imports

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Trade

chinaThe White House announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with China that will restore U.S. beef access to that country.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden issued the following statement:

“After being locked out of the world’s largest market for 13 years, we strongly welcome the announcement that an agreement has been made to restore U.S. beef exports to China. It’s impossible to overstate how beneficial this will be for America’s cattle producers, and the Trump Administration deserves a lot of credit for getting this achieved. We look forward to providing nearly 1.4 billion new customers in China with the same safe and delicious U.S. beef that we feed our families.

I look forward to the day when we can serve President Trump and President Xi a dry-aged American-made New York strip in Beijing.”

According to information from TheHill.com, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the deals that not only will send U.S. beef exports to China, but also allow Chinese imports of cooked poultry, expand U.S. electronic payment services and provide for faster regulatory approval of biotechnology products by Beijing.

As part of the deal, Ross told reporters that China has agreed to accept U.S. beef imports by July 16, which would be nearly a year after Beijing said it would start buying beef again under the Obama administration.