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.
“U.S. access 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
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 Chinese market.
“The meat 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
good for the U.S. economy.”
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 VoyageWednesday, April 5, 2000
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