New regulations announced on Thursday mean that some American beef is welcome back in China. The devil is going to be in the details when it comes to when and how this market will open. USDA officials who are working with China’s inspection authorities to approve certificates and protocols to export beef to the country.
We spoke with North Dakota Stockmen’s Association President Steve Brooks about the topic – on the sidelines of the NDSA’s 87th annual convention and trade show in Minot.
Thirteen years ago, China banned U.S. beef imports. The move followed confirmation of a case of (BSE) in a dairy cow in Washington State.
By far, the largest seller of beef to China is Australia, with about 40% of the market. That country has seen herd numbers plummet to a 20-year low recently, due to increased demand and drought.