The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) held a media conference call and Q&A session to discuss the historic reopening of the Chinese market to American-produced beef this morning. Speaking on the call were Craig Uden, NCBA President, and Kent Bacus, NCBA Director of International Trade and Market Access.
“We’re very excited about this development, it’s another step closer to restoring access to China,” said Bacus. “This announcement is a culmination of the recent meeting between President Trump and President Xi at Mar-A-Lago, and we’re excited that beef was the number one point that was included in this 100 day plan.”
Both Uden and Bacus expressed satisfaction with this announcement, as regaining access to the market in China has been a long-standing priority for cattlemen and the leadership of NCBA. The addition of the Chinese market means access to an additional 1.4 billion customers of U.S. beef in a nation with a growing middle class that is larger than the entire population of the U.S.
“The size of this market will continue to grow, bringing more value back to the U.S. cattle producers,” said Uden. “This is great news for cattle producers, and we are appreciative of the Trump Administration for prioritizing U.S. beef.”
Listen to the full statements from Uden and Bacus, as well as a Q&A session with members of the media:
Presser and Q&A on Beef Access to China