Progress is continuing on implementation of China Phase One Agreement, says USDA

USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says China has continued its progress in implementing the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement, which entered into force on February 14, 2020.

China has taken several additional actions to realize its agriculture-related commitments, says a statement released by the USDA Office of Communications. Actions include:

  • Signing a protocol that allows the importation of fresh California nectarines. Details are still being finalized, but USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will share more when information is available.
  • Conditionally lifting a ban on imports of beef and beef products from animals over 30 months of age, subject to other relevant import requirements.
  • Updating lists of facilities approved for exporting dairy, infant formula, seafood, and fish oil and fish meal.

Additionally, China’s new tariff exclusion process went into effect on March 2. This means importers can now apply for exclusions from retaliatory tariffs. USDA has published a translation and analysis of China’s guidance for participating in this latest round of exclusions. On February 28, China announced new exclusions of U.S. hardwood products; these exclusions were issued under the previous exclusion process. USDA will continue to closely monitor China’s implementation of the agreement.

“These implementation measures are promising steps showing that China is taking steps to fulfill their purchase commitments. Under President Trump’s leadership, this agreement will produce positive gains for the entire economy, especially our agriculture sector. We look forward to China continuing to achieve their commitments in future months,” says Perdue.

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