23 June 2017
U.S. Reaches Deal on Beef Trade with Mainland China
Washington and Beijing have reached a deal that will allow the United States to export beef and beef products to mainland China for the first time since 2003. According to a joint press release by the DOC, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Treasury Department, this deal is the result of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Commerce Secretary Ross and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on the U.S. side and Vice Premier Wang Yang on the mainland Chinese side, as well as an important outcome of the administration’s 100-day action plan on trade with mainland China.
After the United States and mainland China wrapped up the final details of a sanitary protocol for U.S. beef exports to the mainland, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service posted on its website the requirements for its export verification programme for U.S. establishments wishing to export beef and beef products to mainland China, which will enable packers to apply for approval for such exports. Additionally, the Food Safety and Inspection Service has updated its on-line export library specifying mainland China’s requirements for certifying U.S. beef being shipped there.
The United States is the world’s largest beef producer as well as the world’s fourth-largest exporter, with global sales of more than US$5.4 billion in 2016. Prior to the 2003 ban the United States was mainland China’s largest foreign beef supplier with 70 percent of total mainland Chinese imports. Mainland China remains a very important market for foreign beef suppliers, with its imports growing from US$275 million in 2012 to US$2.5 billion in 2016.