China to reopen pork market to U.S. meat

China to reopen pork market to U.S. meat

The United States and China have reached an agreement to reopen the Chinese market to U.S. pork and pork products, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced.

This agreement was a win for America's pork producers, whose safe and high-quality exports can now flow freely into China and support agriculture jobs here at home, Ambassador Kirk said. Kirk further stated, I am also pleased that China affirmed in our meetings that they will base their decisions on international science-based guidelines. We look forward to working cooperatively to resolve additional issues, including a resumption of trade in beef.

20% of U.S. pork production was exported in 2009. Prior to H1N1 trade constraints, U.S. pork and pork variety meats exports to China were valued at nearly $275 million in 2008. China was the United States' seventh largest market, accounting for 6% of U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports.

On March 17, the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) accepted the U.S. proposal to resume exports of U.S. pork, following meetings between Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services James Miller, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs Jim Murphy, and Chinese officials in Beijing earlier this week. Pork trade will resume immediately once both sides finalise the export documentation.
Source: U.S. Trade Representative Reprasentive

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