On November 30, Zhao Zenglian, Director of the Animal and Plant Quarantine Department of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China, stated in Beijing that the 37 tasks involving customs quarantine and inspection of agricultural products under the framework of the first phase of the China-US Economic and Trade Agreement have been completed on time and with high quality.
"Since the start of the first phase of the China-US Economic and Trade Agreement, we have properly dealt with quarantine and access of American agricultural products such as fresh potatoes, barley, and pet food, lifted the ban on American poultry and poultry products, and gained access to the United States for Chinese citrus, fresh dates and fragrant pears,” he said.
He also said at the briefing held by the General Administration of Customs that day, China and the United States are important trading partners to each other, and are natural partners in agriculture, with the highly complementary nature of two countries’ agricultural industries. China’s agricultural exports to the United States account for about 10% of China’s total agricultural exports, so expanding cooperation in this field is a mutually beneficial and win-win option for both parties.
According to data released by the General Administration of Customs a few days ago, the United States was China’s third-largest trading partner in the first 10 months of this year. The total value of China-US trade reached 3.2 trillion yuan, showing an increase of 3.9% and accounting for 12.3% of China’s total foreign trade value. During this period, Chinese exports to the United States reached 2.48 trillion yuan, showing an increase of 3.6%; imports from the United States accounted for 725.65 billion yuan, showing an increase of 5.2%; the trade surplus with the United States was 1.75 trillion yuan, showing an increase of 3%.
Source: International Online