Hong Kong lifts restrictions on U.S. beef

Hong Kong has lifted all remaining trade restrictions on U.S. beef, a move that could pave the way for expanded exports of U.S. beef and beef products to that country.

“This is great news for American ranchers and beef companies,” says U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Hong Kong is already the fourth largest market for U.S. beef and beef product exports, with sales there reaching a historic high of 823 million dollars in 2013.  We look forward to expanded opportunities there for the U.S. beef industry now that all trade restrictions are lifted.”

Previously, only deboned beef from all cattle and certain bone-in beef from cattle less than 30 months of age could be shipped from the U.S. to Hong Kong.  Under the new terms, Hong Kong will permit the import of the full range of U.S. beef and beef products.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) calls its “great news for cattlemen”.

Although Hong Kong is officially part of China, China’s ban on U.S. beef imports continues.  Hong Kong serves as its own customs and quarantine administration zone and maintains its own rules and regulations.

Link to USDA news release

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