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Meat Institute Statement Regarding Expanded List of Eligible Exports of U.S. Beef to China

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Attribute statement to North American Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter:

Washington, DC, June 20, 2018 -- The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) applauds USDA’s diligent efforts to secure approval for an additional 20 U.S. facilities that are now eligible to export beef to China. This positive development reflects USDA’s continuous work to increase U.S. beef market access to China one year after U.S. beef exports to the country resumed. Beef exports to China/Hong Kong have increased 23 percent in volume and 51 percent in value since last year, with good potential for further growth in 2018. The approval of these additional 20 U.S. facilities serves to bolster this momentum, and the Meat Institute looks forward to working closely with USDA and our members to ensure more U.S. beef suppliers become eligible to export their high-quality products to China.

Unfortunately, because of escalating trade friction with China, U.S. beef suppliers may not be able to reach their true export potential in the Chinese market. To avoid the adverse consequences that come from such disagreements, the Meat Institute urges China and the U.S. to work diligently to resolve any differences and to do so as soon as possible.

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