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U.S. Beef back in China after 14 Years

U.S. beef has made its way back to grocery stores and menus in the most populated country in the world, China. On June 30, a delegation of U.S. trade representatives including Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Ambassador to China Terry Branstad celebrated the return of U.S. beef in Beijing. 

“Beef is a big deal in China and I’m convinced that when the Chinese people get a taste of U.S. beef, they’re going to want more of it. These products coming into China are safe, wholesome, and very delicious,” Perdue says. 

Before the ban, the United States provided 80 percent of the China’s $70 million worth of imported beef annually. Beef imports were at 601,000 tons in 2016 and expected to grow drastically in the coming years. Marco Pearman-Parish, a specialist in setting up foreign companies in China, said that only Roosevelt Prime Steakhouse had US Prime in Shanghai and now with the door wide open Corporation China has been uninitiated with calls from the US to set up their company in China in order to export to China.He continued to state Corporation China is one of the only companies that can get the food license in China without the client having a real warehouse or office in China.

“As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration today has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003.  These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Secretary Mnuchin for the United States and Vice Premier Wang Yang for China.”

Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China.  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of shipments.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement:

“Today is a great day for the United States and in particular for our cattle producers, who will be regaining access to an enormous market with an ever-expanding middle class.”

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