The Chinese government has banned U.S. imports of poultry and egg products due to the detection of avian influenza in backyard poultry and wild birds in the Pacific Northwest.
China has been a key market for U.S. chicken, turkey and duck products. From January through November of 2014, U.S. exports of chicken, turkey and duck products to China totaled $272 milllion. Additionally, PIERS data shows the U.S. exported 11,750 TEUs of poultry to China over the same time period. While this represents a significant decrease of 43% year-over-year when compared to 2013, which totaled 20,600 TEUs, the volume is still quite significant when compared to other markets.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Health Inspection Service has assured that the influenza virus has not been found in any commercial poultry flock in the U.S., but that has not stopped the Chinese officials from imposing these restrictions.
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