A cooking class based on grain-fed Canadian beef was held in Beijing on Sunday as Canada’s latest effort to reach out to Chinese consumers. Organized by Canada Beef, the class was joined by the Honorable Deron Bilous, Minister of Alberta Economic Development and Trade, and coorganized by the Canadain Embassy. “China is very important to us, and is Alberta’s second largest export market,” Bilous told ECNS.cn before the class. He and his delegation are on a trade mission to several Chinese cities to strengthen partnerships…Full Article: ECNS.cn Mar 2016

Key Points

  • In 2015, China imported 32,870 MTs of Canadian beef.
  • In 2011, China re-opened its market to boneless cuts (< 30 months old) of Canadian beef.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2014, China imported approximately US$40 million worth of Canadian beef.
  • 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 2012 and 2013, Hong Kong imported more than 11,000 MTs of frozen boneless Canadian beef, but its 2014 volumes declined to 8,223 MTs.
  • 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).
  • In 2003, China banned beef from Canada due to concerns over mad cow disease (BSE). The ban was eventually lifted in 2010.

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