U.S. Beef Industry to President Trump: Please Help Get U.S. Beef Back into China
WASHINGTON (March 27,
2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today sent a coalition letter
to President Donald Trump, urging him to raise the restoration of U.S. beef
access to China when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April.
Leaders from the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the North American Meat
Institute also signed the letter.
American beef producers
have been denied access to China – a $2.6 billion import market -- since 2003.
Last fall China announced that it had lifted its ban on imports of U.S. beef,
but attempts since then to negotiate the technical terms of access have been
“We believe that access to
the large and growing Chinese beef market is essential to the future health of
the U.S. beef industry,” read the letter, which was signed by NCBA’s CEO,
Kendal Frazier. “We understand that you have many important issues to discuss
with President Xi, but we strongly encourage you to take this important
opportunity to convey the urgent need for China to reopen its market to U.S.
In 2016, American beef producers sold $6.3 billion worth of U.S. beef to
customers around the world, with three of the industry's top foreign markets
located in Asia.
here to view the full letter.