After years of work and negotiations, the U.S. resumed beef trade with China. After 14 years the first shipment of U.S. beef is on its way and it is from Greater Omaha Packing. President Henry Davis says it is a big day for the industry as a whole and for the state of Nebraska.
Davis says, “On September 16th (2016), Chinese government officials spent the day at Greater Omaha in discussions with us and then toured the plant including all production lines. we were told Greater Omaha was the only beef production facility that this important delegation toured. The next day, on September 17th, the Chinese government announced that after 14 years trade of U.S. beef into China would be established and specific verification criteria would be negotiated.”
The final details concerning export requirements to China were released Monday that included tracking the birthplace of cattle born in the U.S. that will be exported to China. Many Nebraska producers already follow that protocol.
Governor Pete Ricketts was at Greater Omaha Packing today and helped load the first shipment beef. He said, “Greater Omaha is one of the great Nebraska companies that is helping us grow our state here by helping to promote our number one industry which is beef. It is because of their innovations, technology and management that they are ready to go today to ship that beef to China. This is a big deal.”
China is the second largest importer of beef in the world and a big opportunity for Nebraska. Ricketts led several trade missions to China to encourage re-opening the beef market.