WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Chris Coons, D-Del., today applauded the announcement from the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Agriculture that China will lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States.
“As the United States’ top poultry producer, Georgia has a lot to gain from the reopening of China’s market to U.S. poultry imports,” said Isakson. “I applaud President Trump, Secretary Perdue and Ambassador Lighthizer for their ongoing commitment to restoring fairness to our trade relationship with China. With this agreement to expand market access and end China’s unfair ban on American poultry, the administration’s efforts are bearing fruit, and I hope that the Chinese government will follow through quickly on its end of the deal. This is a great day for poultry farmers in Georgia, Delaware and across the country who will reap the benefits of expanded access to China’s marketplace.”
“Farmers in Sussex County, Delaware produce more chicken than any other county in the United States, so this is great news for southern Delaware’s economy,” said Coons. “I’ve fought hard to ensure that countries around the world – from South Africa to China – treat Delaware farmers fairly and don’t put up unfair barriers to American chicken exports. Access to international markets, especially major markets like China, makes a real difference for Delaware chicken farmers, so I’m excited that China has finally lifted its ban.”
China has banned all U.S. poultry since January 2015 due to an avian influenza outbreak in December 2014, even though the United States has been free of this disease since August 2017. The United States exported more than $500 million worth of poultry products to China in 2013.
Isakson and Coons are the co-chairs of the Senate Chicken Caucus. Both their states have large poultry industries and are big exporters of poultry. The United States is the world’s second largest poultry exporter, with global exports of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year. The poultry industry annually contributes more than $25.5 billion to the Georgia economy, including farmers, processing, and allied industries.
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