FSIS updated its Export Library for China
Some level of relief in the Chinese red meat market for US beef and pork is expected to be seen in the next weeks, according to US officials. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has updated its Export Library for China to reflect expanded access for US beef and pork. These changes were among the provisions negotiated in the U.S.-China “Phase One” trade agreement.
"This is an exciting day for the US beef and pork industries, which have waited a long time to have more meaningful and reliable access to China, and USMEF thanks USTR and USDA for their tireless efforts to negotiate and implement the Phase One trade agreement.
With much broader access for US beef, the US industry is well-positioned to expand its presence in the largest and fastest growing beef market in the world. And while unprecedented volumes of US pork have been shipped to China in recent months, the US pork industry has also faced significant barriers that have kept exports below their full potential. The changes announced in the Export Library will benefit pork exporters looking to expand their business in China, as well as producers and everyone in the US supply chain.
US pork and beef still face retaliatory duties in China, but a tariff exclusion process implemented by the Chinese government earlier this month is providing some level of relief. While the elimination of all retaliatory duties is still the best way for China to level the playing field for US red meat, the exclusion process is expanding opportunities for importers and for the US industry," stated Dan Halstrom, US Meat Export Federation's President and CEO. Earlier this month, in an interview for EuroMeat News, Joe Schuele, Vice President, US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), declared: "US export data suggests export volumes have also continued on a strong pace, with pork shipments averaging 43,000 tonnes per week thus far this year and beef shipments averaging 17,300 tonnes. Pork exports are on a record pace and beef exports are strong as well. There have certainly been instances in which cargo movement has slowed, particularly port clearances into China at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. But the worst of China's port congestion seems to be behind us, with some ports in the region already reporting near-normal cargo flow".
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