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March 20, 2020
One Step Closer to Trust and Trade with China
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) cleared another barrier for trade between the United States and China by agreeing to regionalization protocols for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and Newcastle disease (ND). Regionalization allows for countries to recognize a specific area as free from a disease in the event a country experiences an outbreak such as with HPAI and ND. Regionalizing allows for trade and market access to continue safely while the animal disease is managed.
March 20, 2020
Feed Additive, Premix and Compound Feed Facility Registration Process for Export to China Established
Today, the Food and Drug Administration issued a notice that outlines the process U.S. feed additive, premix and compound feed facilities need to take in order to be listed and approved for export to China.
March 13, 2020
Feed Additive, Premix and Compound Feed Facility Registration Process for Export to China Established
Today, the Food and Drug Administration issued a notice that outlines the process U.S. feed additive, premix and compound feed facilities need to take in order to be listed and approved for export to China.
February 21, 2020
Phase One Trade Agreement with China Now in Effect ? Now What?
On Feb. 14, the Phase One Trade Agreement with China went into effect. Since then, the American Feed Industry Association has been tracking subsequent movement by China on meeting their commitments under the agreement. Below is a summary of what we know so far.
February 7, 2020
Washington Update
By all accounts, it has been a busy time in Washington. This week, we officially entered election season, President Donald Trump addressed Congress and the nation, we closed the chapter on impeachment and agricultural issues saw some solid progress.
January 24, 2020
Watch Last Week's Informational Webinar on the Phase One Trade Agreement with China
Learn more about the phase one trade agreement with China. The U.S. animal food manufacturing industry faces a number of challenges in this market, including those which have restricted any new U.S. feed additive and premix products to be exported to China since 2011 and those which restrict U.S. feed products with ruminant-origin ingredients and a number of poultry-derived ingredients. This agreement directly addresses these constraints by streamlining and facilitating a facility registration process for feed additives, premixes and compound feed, as well as lifting the poultry and ruminant ban for animal food products.
January 24, 2020
Election Year Could Bring Surprises, Small Victories
Last week in Washington proved to be a busy one as the American Feed Industry Association saw success on two major policy priorities, the signing of a phase one trade agreement with China and the Senate's passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Both agreements are critically important tools of foreign market access for the U.S. animal food industry, but equally important is the momentum they bring toward finally getting things done in a Congress that has been frustratingly gridlocked.
January 24, 2020
Animal Food Industry Applauds Phase One Trade Agreement with China
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) commends and congratulates the administration on the signing of a historic phase one trade agreement with China. The U.S. animal food manufacturing industry faces a number of challenges in this market, including those which have restricted any new U.S. feed additive and premix products to be exported to China since 2011 and those which restrict U.S. feed products with ruminant-origin ingredients and a number of poultry-derived ingredients. This agreement directly addresses these constraints by streamlining and facilitating a facility registration process for feed additives, premixes and compound feed, as well as lifting the poultry and ruminant ban for animal food products. AFIA looks forward to working with industry and the appropriate U.S. government agencies to facilitate implementation.
December 20, 2019
U.S. and China Reach Phase One Trade Agreement
Last week, the United States and China announced they had finally come to an agreement on a phase one trade agreement. While many of the details still remain under wraps, signs point to positive movement and progress for U.S. agriculture and the animal food industry.
December 6, 2019
AFIA Receives Clarification on Last Week's Statement Regarding China's Poultry Imports
The American Feed Industry Association has received clarification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that last week's announcement from China only includes poultry imports for human consumption and does not include other poultry products, such as those used in pet food.
November 15, 2019
AFIA Pleased With China's Decision to Resume U.S. Poultry Imports
The American Feed Industry Association is pleased with China's decision to resume imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products. China is a valuable market for the U.S. animal food industry ? for exports of feed, feed ingredients and value-added products such as meat and poultry. With China resuming imports of poultry and poultry ingredients, we will see more feed and feed ingredients used by the U.S. poultry industry.
October 18, 2019
Trade Taking Positive Steps Forward
Within the past two weeks, U.S. trade negotiators have made positive steps in the right direction.
October 4, 2019
Tune in to AFIA's Legislative and Regulatory Review Webinar
The American Feed Industry Association is hosting an exclusive webinar for AFIA members.
September 20, 2019
Making Progress in China?
Chinese importers have made deals to purchase 256,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans for the 2019-20 marketing year, with more deals expected in the coming weeks.
September 6, 2019
The U.S. and China Continue with New Tariffs
The month of August further proved that a resolution to the tariff war between the U.S. and China is far from over. With the volatile state of affairs, the U.S. feed industry is unclear about where things stand and if any progress can be made to resolve the longstanding regulatory roadblocks that have inhibited the export of feed and pet food products into the Asian country.
August 9, 2019
AFIA Examining How Latest China Trade Developments Impact Industry
While the month of June ended on a somewhat hopeful note in regard to the ongoing tariff war with China with promises for the two countries to return to the negotiating table and threats of increased tariffs being suspended, in the last week, a number of developments have occurred that have brought the two countries once again at loggerheads.
July 25, 2019
Trade Discussions to Continue in China
On Wednesday, the White House announced that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will travel to Shanghai next week "to continue negotiations aimed at improving the trade relationship between the United States and China."
July 11, 2019
Tensions Thawing Between the US and China?
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Japan late last month at the G-20 Summit and agreed to resume discussions on a potential trade solution between the two countries.
June 13, 2019
AFIA International Trade Committee Meets at PISC
The American Feed Industry Association's International Trade Committee met on May 14 in conjunction with the Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference in Orlando, Fla.
June 3, 2019
New Tariffs on China Imports Proposed, AFIA Seeks Input
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently published a Federal Register notice proposing a new list of imported products from China to increase tariffs on by an additional 25%. The American Feed Industry Association is seeking input from members on this action and any other aspects of the proposed tariffs by close of business Friday, June 7.
May 30, 2019
New Tariffs on China Imports Proposed, AFIA Seeks Input
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently published a Federal Register notice proposing a new list of imported products from China to increase tariffs on by an additional 25%. The American Feed Industry Association is seeking input from members on this action and any other aspect of the proposed tariffs by close of business Friday, June 7.
May 16, 2019
Timeline of U.S./China Tariff Dispute
Timeline of U.S./China Tariff Dispute
May 16, 2019
New Chinese Tariffs Deal Blow to US Animal Food Exports
The most recent round of negotiations between the U.S. and China concluded last Friday with no indication of when a resolution on tariffs on billions of dollars-worth of goods would be removed. In fact, quite the opposite has happened regarding tariffs between the U.S. and China in the last two weeks.
April 5, 2019
US and China Inch Closer to a Deal
While a comprehensive agreement to end the trade war between the U.S. and China may not be produced this week, significant progress on resolving two major sticking points is generally expected: tariffs and an enforcement mechanism to ensure the Chinese live up to its promises in a pact.
March 22, 2019
Good News from Brazil and Progress on China
Wheat growers were thrilled to receive the news that Brazil will establish a 750,000-ton quota for tariff-free wheat imports. The celebration comes as farmers, who have lost export sales after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and slapped duties on major trading partners, prompting retaliation against U.S. farm goods, have dealt with their fair share of headaches.
March 4, 2019
March 2019 BOD Pocket Card
Pocket card used at March 2019 AFIA Board of Directors' Hill visits.
March 4, 2019
March 2019 BOD Issue Papers
Issue papers used at March 2019 AFIA Board of Directors meeting.
February 8, 2019
Trump's State of the Union Address Focuses on Trade, Other Policy Issues
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address, his first time to a divided Congress. Trump appealed to Congress and the nation for unity and bipartisanship, while pressing his case for new trade agreements, a desperately needed infrastructure package and better border security.
January 25, 2019
All Things China
Beijing is under growing pressure to deliver something substantial to the U.S. on improving trade relations, when a high-level Chinese delegation travels to Washington next week. The visit by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He could be a major turning point ahead of the March 1 deadline for reaching a deal.
January 11, 2019
China and the U.S. Resume Trade Discussions
Earlier this week, U.S. and Chinese trade officials wrapped up the latest round of in-person negotiations in Beijing. This came after extending the negotiations to a third day of discussions, indicating that some progress is being made on issues of great importance.
December 14, 2018
Could Tensions be Thawing Between the U.S. and China?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported yesterday that China purchased 1.13 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans this week, the ninth-largest daily sale of U.S. soybeans. All indications point toward the U.S. and China finally beginning to work on trade negotiations.
November 30, 2018
China Trade Deal Possible?
There's a "good possibility" the U.S. and China could reach a deal to end their ongoing trade disputes this week when President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet for dinner at the G20 summit, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said yesterday.
September 21, 2018
China-US Trade Spat Continues
On Monday evening, President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, intensifying the trade war that has already stung many farmers and ranchers who face retaliatory tariffs on their agricultural products.
August 24, 2018
US-China Trade War Continues
The United States and China's trade relationship may never be the same, even if the trade tensions between the two countries eventually cool off.
August 10, 2018
More Tariffs as Trade War Escalates
On Tuesday, the Trump administration finalized a list of $16 billion in goods from China that will begin facing a 25 percent tariff on Aug. 23.
August 10, 2018
China's Feed Additive and Premix Facility Registration Update
Given the current tariff developments between the United States and China, working level interactions between the two governments have become strained. With that, the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC) is not likely to conduct its systems-based audit of the feed additive and premix industry this year.
August 10, 2018
AFIA Calls on Members to Help Address Concerns from Escalating US, China 'Trade War'
On July 17, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register notice requesting input on the United States' latest proposed list of Chinese products, valued at $200 billion,that could be subject to an additional 10 percent tariff.
July 27, 2018
Tariffs Raise Concern for Pet Food Exports
In response to its investigation into China's unfair trading practices, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in July imposed its first set of tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products. In retaliation, China simultaneously imposed a 25 percent additional tariff on a number of U.S. products, including pet food.
July 13, 2018
The US Versus China Trade War Continues
On Tuesday evening, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said it was ready to tack on 10 percent tariffs to another $200 billion-worth of Chinese imports. There are a number of products on this list that may pose a concern for those that import certain feed ingredients from China. The American Feed Industry Association will be commenting on the proposed tariff list and asks members to provide input by July 17 on which proposed products on the list are of concern and to what extent.
June 29, 2018
Keeping China's Feet to the Fire
At an event this week, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue told farmers that he realizes their concerns about taking China on in a trade war, but also that the Donald Trump administration needed to follow through with its plans in the country's best interest.
June 15, 2018
The US Turns Up the Heat on China
President Donald Trump announced Friday he will move forward with 25 percent tariffs on Chinese technology imports worth roughly $50 billion. The move ramps up trade tensions between the two countries, especially as Chinese government officials have indicated that the country will respond in kind to the American tariffs.
June 1, 2018
China Takes Aim at US Agriculture
This week, China said it would impose a 25-percent tariff on $50 billion worth of American exports, including many of America's most dominant agricultural commodities, such as soybeans, wheat, corn, beef and orange juice.
May 4, 2018
China Threatens US Sorghum Industry
China's move to slap a 179 percent tariff on U.S. sorghum imports, the latest action in the escalating trade threats between the two countries, could threaten sorghum-producing states such as Kansas and Texas, which sent about $957 million worth of sorghum shipments to Beijing last year. While President Donald Trump has targeted China's trading practices, sorghum serves as a bright spot in the U.S.-China trade gap with a trade surplus.
April 20, 2018
China Publishes List of Feed Additives, Premixes Approved for Import
Since 2015, the American Feed Industry Association has been working with the U.S. government to expand access for the feed additives and premix segment and the resulting requirements for export to China. On March 1, China's General Administration for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), which oversees the country's program for importing and exporting products, published a list of traditionally traded products, clarifying some of the ambiguity around the products that are permitted for import into the country.
April 6, 2018
U.S.-China Trade War: Ag Industry Speaks Out & Preps for What's Next
Commodity, producer groups and other industry stakeholders spoke out this week pleading for the White House to dial back its trade war with China in hopes of preserving access to this growing Asian marketplace.