March 19, 2010

Trade Win: China Agrees to Buy US Pork

US Trade Rep Ron Kirk and Secretary for Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced today that China will resume pork imports from the US as soon as export documentation is agreed. During the H1N1 scare Beijing had barred imports of pork from the US in a knee-jerk reaction followed by many countries. At the time China was the number 7 market for American pork exports valued at $275 million annually. Since then China increased imports from the EU. In the words of Secretary Vilsack this is "excellent news for American hog producers." The talks on removing the trade barrier began with the latest US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Hangzhou last October....

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