The U.S.-China phase one agreement officially implemented Feb. 14 is progressing, according to USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative.

Recent actions will benefit the agricultural industry, including poultry, beef, pork, feed products and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service signed a poultry product regionalization agreement with China. In the event of a disease outbreak in poultry, this agreement allows unaffected regions in both countries to still participate in international trade.

China has greatly expanded its list of U.S. beef and pork products eligible for entry. This includes removing all age restrictions for beef aged 30 months or older. More than 900 U.S. beef and pork establishments are now eligible to export to China. China has also proposed maximum residue levels for three hormones frequently used in U.S. beef production, recognizing science-based methods.

Going forward, U.S. companies exporting certain animal foods will have a streamlined process for Chinese registration and licensing. U.S. companies interested in exporting feed additives, premixes or compound feed to China should contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by April 3.

The eligible list of U.S. DDGS facilities that can export to China has also been updated, effectively reopening this market.

Chinese importers are beginning to report that they are receiving tariff relief for U.S. food and agricultural product purchases, noted the USDA.

Overall, U.S. farmers and ranchers can expect increased market access for their products being exported to China.