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Discover the latest developments in the U.S.-China poultry trade as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) restrictions are lifted in seven U.S. states, creating new opportunities for the poultry industry. However, delve deeper to understand that challenges persist, with 31 U.S. states still facing HPAI-related restrictions, emphasizing the ongoing importance of HPAI management and prevention efforts within the United States.

China Eases HPAI Restrictions on Poultry Imports from Seven U.S. States, Opening New Trade Opportunities

China’s decision to lift Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) restrictions for seven U.S. states, as detailed in the USDA’s Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report, has significant implications for the poultry industry and trade relations between the two nations.

Previously, HPAI-related restrictions imposed by China affected the importation of poultry meat, poultry meat products, and live poultry from regions that had reported cases of HPAI. However, this recent announcement signals a positive change in trade dynamics. The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), through its Department of Animal and Plant Quarantine (DAPQ), conveyed to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing that these restrictions are no longer applicable to the following seven U.S. states: Kentucky, Oklahoma, Delaware, North Carolina, Maine, Maryland, and Texas.

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31 U.S. States Maintain Poultry Export Hurdles to China

While this development is undoubtedly welcome news for the poultry industry in the affected states, it’s important to note that 31 U.S. states still have HPAI-related restrictions in place for their poultry exports to China. This underscores the continued significance of ongoing efforts to manage and prevent the spread of HPAI within the United States.

In response to this change, the USDA FSIS Export Library for China was promptly updated on November 13, 2023, to reflect the revised status of these seven states. Additionally, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services initiated updates to its export guidance, ensuring compliance with China’s new regulations. These adjustments in regulatory guidelines are crucial for facilitating the smooth export of poultry and related products to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The lifting of HPAI restrictions for these select U.S. states not only benefits the affected regions but also signifies ongoing efforts to maintain and strengthen trade relations between the United States and China in the agricultural sector. Monitoring further developments in this regard will be essential for stakeholders in the poultry industry and international trade.

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