After four years of China banning all U.S. poultry, the country is allowing the the product to be exported. The United States exported over $500 million worth of poultry products to China in 2013.
“The United States welcomes China’s decision to finally lift its unwarranted ban on U.S. poultry and poultry products. This is great news for both America’s farmers and China’s consumers," says United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “China is an important export market for America’s poultry farmers, and we estimate they will now be able to export more than $1 billion worth of poultry and poultry products each year to China. Reopening China to U.S. poultry will create new export opportunities for our poultry farmers and support thousands of workers employed by the U.S. poultry industry.”
China first banned U.S. poultry in January 2015 because of an avian influenza outbreak in December 2014. The U.S. has been free of the disease since August 2017.
“After being shut out of the market for years, U.S. poultry producers and exporters welcome the reopening of China’s market to their products. America’s producers are the most productive in the world and it is critical they be able to sell their bounty to consumers in other parts of the globe. We will continue our work to expand market access in important markets like China as well as other countries, to support our producers and U.S. jobs,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says.
The United States is the world’s second largest poultry exporter, with global exports of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year.