Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said Tuesday the first shipment of U.S. beef entered China on Sept. 1, signifying the normalization of the large-scale import of the product. The shipment of frozen beef weighed 15.1 tonnes and was valued more than 300,000 U.S. dollars, according to the bureau, which opened a green channel for a faster approval procedure…Full Article: ECNS.cn Sept 2017

Key Point

  • In June and July 2017, Chinese imports of US beef were shipped by air freight.

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  • In August 2017, US beef sold in Beijing retail outlets received some criticism from consumers due to its dark color and high price tag.
  • In July 2017, the head of the China Cattle Industry Association noted that less than 10% of US beef production meets the June 20, 2017 import guidelines set by the AQSIQ.
  • In late June 2017, Nebraskan beef suppliers began shipments to Shanghai. Nebraska’s Greater Omaha Packing (founded 1920) was among the first US beef processors to receive export approval to mainland China. It will be the first time in 14 years that the company has supplied the Chinese market. Once in China, COFCO Group’s e-commerce platform, Womai, sold US beef at CNY 38 (USD 5.60) per 180 grams, which was 50% more than similar cuts of Australian beef. The beef was limited to only to residents of Beijing. In Shanghai, Alibaba’s Yiguo.com e-commerce platform was selling US beef (sirloin, rib-eye, etc.).During the same month, Iowa Premium Beef was working to export beef to mainland China.
  • On 20 June 2017, China’s AQSIQ granted import approval to US beef. Shortly thereafter, COFCO’s e-commerce platform, Womai, sold 1,423 packages of US rib steaks in three days.
  • In 2016, the bulk of mainland China’s imports, more than 76% by volume, entered via the port cities of Tianjin (~81 miles from Beijing) and Shanghai. The remaining share of imports were primarily shipped to the cities of Dalian (7% of all imports), Qingdao (4%), Shenzhen (4%), and Nanjing (3%).

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