Washington, DC - The American Meat Institute (AMI) expressed optimism that the first shipment of U.S. meat to China - which left San Francisco yesterday - will usher in a new era of liberalized trade with China.
AMI also said that to ensure
growth in U.S.-China trade, Permanent
Normalized Trade Relation (PNTR) status must be
granted to China. PNTR status is essential to
give the U.S. access to the Chinese market and
to lower tariff rates dramatically for U.S.
The first meat
shipment was air freighted from San Francisco
to Shanghai and included U.S. pork ribs, pork
sausage and beef. The product was imported by
City Supermarket Company Limited, an upscale
retailer in Shanghai.
recently issued regulations to implement the
landmark Bilateral Agreement on U.S.-China
Agricultural Cooperation. The agreement
permits any Chinese importer to import pork or
beef from any federally inspected U.S. meat
plant. U.S. companies have been importing
large quantities of a variety of Chinese
products for decades and this latest move to
open China’s borders to U.S. meat products
will ensure that trade between the nations
moves two ways.
to China's immense market of 1.2 billion people
will benefit both the U.S. meat industry and
Chinese consumers,” said AMI’s Vice
President of International Trade Len Condon.
“China’s willingness to implement this
agricultural agreement in good faith will open
doors to U.S. products and permit Chinese
citizens to choose the finest meat products
produced anywhere in the world.”
Condon also said that China’s move will
help ensure that PNTR status is granted, which
will knock tariff rates down for U.S.
exporters. Without a Congressional vote in
favor of PNTR, other nations around the world -
like Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, France
and Canada - will take control of the enormous
industry is the largest sector of U.S.
agriculture and agriculture is the largest
sector of the U.S. economy,” Condon said.
“Ensuring the health of the U.S. meat
industry through expanded exports is good for
agriculture and ultimately good for the U.S.
AMI represents the
interests of packers and processors of beef,
pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their
suppliers throughout North America.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute
provides legislative, regulatory and public
relations services, conducts scientific and
economic research, offers marketing and
technical assistance and sponsors education
U.S. Meat Industry Says 'Bon Voyage'Tuesday, September 12, 2000
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