China’s General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) rescinded a long-standing low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI)-related import suspension on Virginia-origin poultry and poultry products. This suspension had been in place since August 2007.
“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,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in response to the announcement. “Strengthening Virginia’s economy is my number one priority and the lifting of this ban is certainly good news for Virginia’s economy. 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 export market for U.S.-origin poultry and poultry products. Exports to China totaled $503.6 million in calendar year 2013. China’s reinstatement of Virginia as being eligible to export product is expected to further facilitate exports of U.S.-origin poultry and poultry products to China.