USDA Reports Progress on Implementation of China Phase One Agreement

On Tuesday, the Department of Agriculture said there’s progress in the implementation of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said China has taken several additional actions to reach its agriculture-related commitments.

The actions include the signing of a protocol that allows the importation of fresh California nectarines, and the lifting of a ban on imports of U.S. beef and beef products from animals over 30 months of age. Additionally, China has updated its lists of facilities approved for exporting dairy, infant formula, seafood, and fish oil and fish meal. Also, China’s new tariff exclusion process went into effect on March 2 and importers can now apply for exclusions from retaliatory tariffs.

Perdue said USDA will continue to closely monitor China’s implementation of the agreement that was signed February 14th. Perdue added, “These implementation measures are promising steps showing that China is taking steps to fulfill their purchase commitments.”

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