China has ramped up inspections of pork shipped from the United States, importers and industry sources said, the latest American product to be hit by a potentially costly slowdown at Chinese ports in the past couple of weeks…Full Article: South China Morning Post May 2018

Key Points

  • According to a representative of a Shanghai-based meat trading company, Chinese customs officials have recently increased their sample inspection rate of U.S. pork imports from 5% to 20% of shipments.
  • In late April 2018, report by the USDA in Beijing noted that Chinese customs officials began increased inspections of U.S. meat shipments on 23 April 2018.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From November 2017 to April 2018, China Customs only randomly sampled ~30% of U.S. fresh fruit imports for inspection. As of late April 2018, all (100%) fresh fruit imports would be inspected. These inspections could take anywhere from two days to two weeks, and could cause spoilage if fresh fruit imports are left idle at ports for prolonged periods. The U.S. now joins Peru and Australia, which also have a 100% inspection rate for fresh fruits.
  • In early May 2018, the Quarantine Supervision Department of China’s General Administration of Customs announced it would increase inspections of U.S. apples and rough (unprocessed) timber due to recent detections of “fungi and insects”.
  • On 16 April 16 2018, China’s Entry-Exit Food Safety Bureau (FSB, formerly under AQSIQ) shut down its electronic Trade Document Exchange System (eTDE), which caused significant delays in U.S. pork entering the mainland. The shutdown of the eTDE system, which expedited imports via an electronic pre-notification process, meant that U.S. suppliers had to send to shipment details (via spreadsheet) directly to the bureau before it could be cleared for import.
  • On 2 April 2018, China’s Ministry of Commerce imposed additional tariffs on 128 US products. These included an additional 15% tariff on almonds, walnuts, pistachios, oranges, lemons/limes, grapes, raisins, apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, ginseng, wine, as well as an additional 25% tariff on pork and offal (e.g. pigs feet, head meat, etc.).

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