China lifts restrictions on US poultry imports
China took a step back in the trade war with the US and announced that is lifting all restrictions on US poultry imports. A ban was placed more than 4 years ago after avian influenza outbreaks occurred in some parts of the United States in 2013 and 2014. However, since March 2017 no new cases have been reported in the United States. "After a comprehensive assessment, China believes that the avian flu epidemic in the United States has been effectively controlled, and the country's poultry meat regulatory system meets the requirements of relevant laws and regulations in China.
The poultry industry in the United States is relatively developed, with its poultry output ranking first in the world," said officials with the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
By that, China intends to diversify its sources for poultry imports and to secure the need for animal protein in the domestic market. Since August 2018, multiple ASF outbreaks have reduced the national swine inventory by almost 50% creating a deficit of pork in this market. Imports of alternative proteins (beef, sheepmeat, poultry) are high as the pork prices have skyrocketed.