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China lifts some restrictions, releases tariff waiver list


News Staff - February 18, 2020

BEIJING -  China announced  that it would lift restrictions on the import of poultry and related products from the United States, according to a statement jointly released by the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

In the statement issued Friday, Feb. 14 all poultry restrictions are immediately gone, including the import of breeding birds.  China has been trying to ramp up poultry production because of the meat shortage caused by African Swine Fever.

Based on risk assessment, the statement, effective immediately, removed a series of restrictions imposed by the now-defunct General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Ministry of Agriculture in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In addition, as part of the phase-one trade deal, China released a list of U.S. products eligible for waivers from retaliatory tariffs. Included are pork, soybeans, beef, corn, wheat, ethanol, crude oil and liquefied natural gas.

In addition, some dairy products are on the list eligible for tariff waivers. It does not specifically iidentify dairy foods such as butter and cheese.

Trade organizations are cautioning the movement of American products will take time as the Coronavirus continues to impact trade.  Livestock moving restrictions are still in place in China and restaurants remain closed by the government.

 



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