June 22, 2017
Thanks to a recent announcement on export protocols, Chinese consumers will soon savor the flavor of U.S. beef.
The countries reached a deal last month to reopen the Chinese market for U.S. exports for the first time since 2003. China imported $2.5 billion worth of beef from other countries in 2016.
The agreement applies to cattle born, raised and slaughtered in the U.S.; cattle imported from Mexico or Canada and raised and slaughtered in the U.S.; or cattle imported from Mexico or Canada for direct slaughter.
President Trump also announced a shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba June 16. There are no direct new restrictions on U.S. agricultural sales to Cuba.
The comment period for North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations closed. The Federation submitted comments about resolving the softwood timber dispute with Canada, modernizing biotech rules and lessening the impact of imported fruits and vegetables when U.S. products are in season.