USDA: Need More Negotiation To Resume Beef Exports To China
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–A U.S. delegation is returning from Beijing after two days of negotiations without a resolution to when China will ease its ban on U.S. beef, but negotiators will meet again soon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.
USDA Undersecretary J.B. Penn, who led the delegation to Beijing over the weekend, said in prepared statement that “considerable progress” was made during the negotiation, but didn’t give details.
Penn, who wasn’t immediately available for further comment beyond the written statement, said “we will meet again soon to conclude the talks.”
USDA spokesman Ed Loyd said USDA is counting on China not to overly restrict U.S. beef exports once trade resumes.