NCBA, Producers Urge Trump Action on U.S. Beef Access to China

March 29, 2017 11:48 AM

China, Chile and Egypt have now lifted their bans on importing beef from Brazil.

The countries were among more than a dozen that restricted purchases after an investigation into alleged corruption and bribery of inspection officials.

The Brazilian meat industry accumulated millions of dollars in losses last week because of the temporary bans.

China alone is the second-largest importer of Brazilian poultry and the third largest buyer of pork. The U.S. beef industry hoped the scandal would finally open the gates for American beef to be shipped to China.

On Monday, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to bring up U.S. beef access to China when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April.

American beef producers have been denied access to China, a $2.6 billion import market, since 2003.

“If President Trump could open those doors for us, it could do nothing but help us create more demand,” said Matt Nelson, a farmer from Nebraska. 

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