U.S. and China beef access deal agreed

United States/China
Published:  16 June, 2017

The U.S. administration announced on June 12 details of the agreement with the Chinese government to resume imports of U.S. beef. The deal allows for qualified beef products produced after May 24, 2017, to be exported to China once a plant is approved by USDA as eligible to export to China. It represents the final step needed before U.S. beef exports reach China for the first time in nearly 14 years. 

Specifically, chilled or frozen bone-in and deboned beef products are now eligible for shipment. The agreement requires that U.S. beef and beef products must be derived from cattle that were born, raised and slaughtered in the U.S.; cattle that were imported from Canada or Mexico and subsequently raised and slaughtered in the U.S., or cattle that were imported from Canada or Mexico for direct slaughter. The agreement also stipulates that cattle must be traceable to the U.S. birth farm using a unique identifier or if imported, to the first place of residence or port of entry. 

Furthermore, the deal specifies that beef and beef products must be derived from cattle less than 30 months of age and requires carcasses, beef and beef products to be uniquely identified and controlled up until the time of shipment. 

The final deal comes less than one month after an initial agreement was reached following President Donald Trump's summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

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