The U.S. and China have reached an agreement on a new import dairy certificate. Negotiations have been on-going since China revised their dairy import requirements in 2010. U.S. dairy sales to China have more than doubled in that time reaching an estimated $400 million in 2012. So while dairy sales to China have not been inhibited during the negotiations, National Milk Producers Federation president and CEO Jerry Kozak says the agreement removes uncertainty.
The U.S. will begin issuing the new certificates immediately for product destined for China. Certificates issued by the U.S. prior to January 18, 2013 will be valid through March 20, 2013 but not accepted by China after that date.