Federal inspectors are again issuing certificates for exports of Canadian beef to China, as Beijing’s temporary ban on the Canadian product comes to an end. The Chinese government in late February [2015] announced a temporary ban on imports of Canadian beef, shortly after Canada confirmed its first case of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in a domestic cow since 2011…Full Article: AgCanada May 2015

Key Points

  • In 2014, China imported approximately US$40 million worth of Canadian beef.
  • In 2003, China banned beef from Canada due to concerns over mad cow disease (BSE). The ban was eventually lifted in 2010.

ChinaAg Comments

  • Mainland China primarily imports frozen boneless beef from Canada. From 2012 to 2013, Chinese imports of Canadian frozen boneless beef increased from 3,213 MTs to 24,370 MTs (no imports occurred in 2010 and 2011).
  • Hong Kong imports both frozen boneless beef and frozen beef with bones from Canada. In 2012 and 2013, Hong Kong imported more than 11,000 MTs of frozen boneless Canadian beef, but in 2014 volumes declined to 8,223 MTs. From 2013 to 2014, Hong Kong Imports of frozen beef with bones from Canada increased from 4,496 MTs to 8,542 MTs. Hong Kong does import small amounts of chilled Canadian beef (in-bone and boneless).
  • In 2003, China banned US beef after a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), aka mad cow disease, was detected in Washington state.

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