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Chicken-State Senators Urge Lifting on Import Ban by China

03/07/2019

Nine senators representing chicken-producing states have addressed a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging him to include in his negotiations the ban on U.S. origin chicken imposed by China in 2014.  In that year, the U.S. exported 237,300 metric tons to China.  The ban was allegedly due to an isolated outbreak of avian influenza but was clearly protectionist in motivation.  OIE policy, as recognized by all importers of U.S. poultry discriminates against nationwide bans and requires importers to consider regionalization.

 

Despite generally optimistic reports emanating from the White House, there have been no definitive statements as to whether China will respond to U.S. demands for structural changes in trade and business practices.  Consistently China has misappropriated intellectual property, engaged in industrial espionage and supported state-owned enterprises to the determent of U.S. and E.U. nations.

 

It is unlikely that China will agree to importation of U.S. leg quarters without a reciprocal agreement to allow export to the U.S. of breast meat that may in fact be prejudicial to profitability in our domestic industry. Surely a case of be careful what you wish for!


 
Copyright 2019 Simon M. Shane