AMI, Other U.S. Livestock and Poultry Groups Cite New China Trade BarriersThursday, June 20, 2002
Meat, poultry and egg groups today sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick detailing the industry's continuing concerns about new Chinese policies that impede imports of U.S. meat and poultry products. In the letter, AMI, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, U.S. Meat Export Federation and U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council noted that both China and the U.S. committed in the Agreement on U.S.-China Agricultural Cooperation to accelerate "the removal of all non-tariff measures restricting trade in agricultural products that cannot be justified under WTO rules." However, a new centralized import permit system implemented by China upon its entry in to the WTO appears to be delaying imports of meat and poultry products and restricting the volumes and types of products that may be imported. The groups also noted that China has "de-listed" several U.S. plants for failing to comply with a zero pathogen standard that is impossible for either U.S. or Chinese plants to meet. The letter asks that USTR address and resolve these and other Chinese practices impeding imports of U.S. meat and poultry products. View a copy of the letter at: http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=China&NavMenuID=380&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=514.