China Reopens Market to U.S. Pork, Live Swine

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that China intends to reopen its market to U.S. pork and live swine, consistent with science-based international standards. The announcement was made at the conclusion of meetings with Chinese officials at the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Hangzhou, China.

“Two-way trade of agricultural, fish and forest products between the U.S. and China has grown in recent years to over $21 billion per year, opening increasingly important connections that can benefit farmers, ranchers and consumers in both countries,” said Vilsack. “China’s intent to remove its H1N1-related ban on U.S. pork marks an important step forward in cooperation between the countries on agriculture issues.”

In 2008, China was the U.S. pork industry’s fastest-growing market, accounting for $560 million in U.S. exports. China’s May 2009 H1N1 restrictions have stopped U.S. pork exports to China. In discussions with Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai, Vilsack stressed the need for China to remove all restrictions on trade in pork products related to the H1N1 virus, given clear guidance from international bodies like the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), that there is no risk to humans from consuming properly prepared pork and pork products.


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