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Trade deal will see Chinese purchase more US products

December 18, 2019
Consumer Packaged Goods

The US and China have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal that will affect the agriculture food market.

Under the agreement, China has committed to purchasing at least $200 billion in additional US goods and services over the next two years over the amount it purchased in 2017.

The US Trade Representative said that the agreement of increased imports is expected to continue on this trajectory for several years and should contribute to rebalancing the US-China trade relationship.

The deal includes structural reforms and other changes to China’s economic and trade regime, which will support the expansion of US food, agriculture and seafood product exports, according to the US Trade Representative.

Other areas affected include intellectual property, technology transfer, financial services and currency foreign exchange.

According to the office of the US Trade Representative, the US will maintain 25% tariff on approximately $250 billion of Chinese imports, along with 7.5% tariffs on approximately $120 billion of Chinese imports.

The office also said that the multitude of non-tariff barriers to US agriculture and seafood products will be addressed, including for meat, poultry, seafood, rice, dairy, infant formula, horticultural products.

Michael Dykes, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), said: “Over the next decade, China represents a $23 billion market opportunity for US dairy, and it is essential to our dairy producers and companies that we secure a trade deal with China that further levels the playing field for American dairy.

“We are confident that today’s announcement of a phase one deal between the United States and China puts on a path to rebalance the trade relationship between our two nations.”

US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president and CEO Dan Halstrom said: “China is the world’s largest and fastest-growing destination for imported red meat, and the US industry is excited about the prospects for expanded opportunities in China.”

The US first imposed tariffs on imports from China based on the findings of Section 301 investigation and section 301 will now be modified as part of the recent agreement.

By Emma Upshall

Source: FoodBev

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