The United States and Hong Kong have struck a deal that will allow US exports of beef to Hong Kong. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the new terms and conditions have expanded export opportunities for US beef and beef products to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong will allow into its markets the full range of US beef and beef products consistent with access before December 2003. The new terms came into effect 17 June. Hong Kong is the fourth largest export market for US beef products with sales of $823 mill. in 2013, according to USDA.
Hong Kong banned US beef and beef products in December 2003 after an animal was found to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Only deboned beef from all beef cattle and certain bone-in beef from cattle less than 30 months of age could be exported to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong partially reopened its market in December 2005 to allow imports of deboned US beef from cattle aged 30 months or younger produced under a special program for Hong Kong. The country also expanded access to include certain bone-in cuts from cattle less than 30 months of age in February 2013.