The issue is likely to be among the top priorities of U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture Ted McKinney, who is scheduled to visit Beijing later this week to hold trade talks with his counterpart.
According to three sources briefed on the matter at hand, the United States will push China to drop its ban on U.S. poultry imports, in a deal aimed at tapping a $600 million market for chicken feet and other parts.
The U.S. also wants improved and better access for exporting GM crops to China. This issue will be among the top priorities in the discussions U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture Ted McKinney will hold with his counterpart in Beijing when he heads there later this week, said sources.
Currently, China imports around $1 billion of poultry every year from other countries and is the top importer of chicken feet in the world.
Following the outbreak of avian influenza, China had imposed a ban on American exports of poultry in 2015. Washington now wants to end that ban. The U.S. poultry industry believes it can rapidly re-establish itself in the Chinese poultry market and face-off competition from peers, including Brazil.
Among the many issues the U.S. wants resolved in terms of boosting sales and market access, poultry is “one of the top items”, said a source briefed on the matter.