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Beef Industry Urges President Trump to Help Get US Beef Back into China

29 March 2017

US - On Monday, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today sent a coalition letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to raise the restoration of US beef access to China when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April. Leaders from the US 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 US beef, but attempts since then to negotiate the technical terms of access have been unsuccessful.

“We believe that access to the large and growing Chinese beef market is essential to the future health of the US 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 US beef.”

In 2016, American beef producers sold $6.3 billion worth of US beef to customers around the world, with three of the industry's top foreign markets located in Asia.

You can view the letter sent to President Trump by clicking here.

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