CHINA'S General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection & Quarantine and Ministry of Agriculture last week rescinded a long-standing import suspension on poultry and poultry products from Virginia over concerns related to low-pathogenic avian influenza.
This suspension had been in place since August 2007.
In response to the announcement, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said, "This is outstanding news for Virginia's poultry industry and the many related businesses that work to move product from our family farms into the global marketplace. ... Poultry is the largest individual sector of Virginia's agriculture industry, and increased exports will help support farm, processing and transportation-related jobs in the commonwealth. This will also bring enormous business benefits to the Port of Virginia at a critical time for that entity."
China is currently the third-largest market for U.S. poultry and poultry product exports, which totaled $503.6 million in 2013.