Kent Bacus Celebrates the Non Scientific Trade Barriers Being Lifted From US Beef Exports to China in Phase One DealWed, 15 Jan 2020 13:54:09 CST
Today's Ag Persepctives Podcast features an exclusive conversation that Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays had with Kent Bacus, Vice President for International Trade and Market Access at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
NCBA is delighted with the details that have come from the US Trade Ambassador's office on the phytosanitary sanctions that will be lifted with the Phase One Agreement. Non-scientific trade barriers like the ban on production technologies, the extensive traceability requirements, and the 30-month BSE restriction have greatly limited the ability of the US Beef Industry to tap into growing beef demand in China. The removal of these massive trade barriers gives Chinese consumers access to the U.S. beef they desire, and it gives America’s cattlemen and cattlewomen the opportunity to provide U.S. beef to a growing consumer-base that represents one-fifth of the global population and a middle-class that is greater than the entire U.S. population.
When American-produced beef was banned from China for 14 years, NCBA worked with the U.S. government for more than a decade to reopen access to the market of nearly 1.4 billion consumers. American producers scored an initial victory in June 2017, when the Chinese market was reopened for the first time since 2003. NCBA joined U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and American Ambassador to China Terry Branstad in Beijing to celebrate and mark the official reopening of the Chinese market.
However, many non-science-based, non-tariff trade barriers remained in place, which limited the amount of American-produced beef that qualified for China. NCBA says that this Phase-One Agreement will begin knocking down those trade barriers and significantly improve access to what is potentially a top export market for U.S. beef producers.
Bacus explains this in detail to Hays- click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear their full conversation about the Phase One Agreement, as well as the expected passage of the USMCA in the Senate this week.
Ron Hays Explores the US China Phase One Deal and It's Impact on Beeef with Kent Bacus
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