January 24, 2020: The signing of the ‘starter’ phase of a much welcome trade deal agreement between the US and China will definitely help meet a number of the key challenges currently facing the US animal feed manufacturing industry.
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) President and CEO, Constance Cullman admits her organisation is ‘delighted’ with the first phase of what seems most likely to be a truly historic trade agreement between the two ‘super’ powers.
AFIA is ‘delighted’ with the first phase of negotiations
“Addressing the non-tariff barriers that challenge our industry in the Chinese market has been a top priority for AFIA for nearly a decade. I am very excited about what this agreement means for the U.S. animal food industry and the re-opening of the Chinese market for our products!”
This new agreement is seen as a landmark opportunity not only for the U.S. animal food industry, but, also for the livestock and poultry industries in China to further expand their feed ingredient inputs and technology.
The AFIA President was full of praise for the US administration both for defending the enhancement of productive trading relationships and also energetically supporting U.S. businesses and exports. She added, “Our industry is grateful for the hard work and the enduring efforts of our trade negotiators on our behalf. ”
The U.S. animal food manufacturing industry has faced various challenges since 2011, including those which have restricted any new U.S. feed additive and premix products being exported to China and those which restrict U.S. feed products with ruminant-origin ingredients and a number of poultry-derived ingredients.
This agreement directly addresses the range of constraints by streamlining and facilitating an agreed registration process for feed additives, premixes and compound feed, as well as lifting the poultry and ruminant ban for animal food products.
Adds AFIA’s Chairman, Tim Belstra: “Representing AFIA and its members today at this historic signing was a stark reminder of the importance of trade and opening markets for our industry. I am elated by what this agreement represents for our industry and the many exports it will facilitate as a result.”