The USDA on Tuesday confirmed that China is continuing to follow through on several key provisions in the “phase one” trade deal with the U.S.

As previously reported by Agri-Pulse, China has agreed to not place nationwide bans on U.S. poultry in the event of bird flu outbreaks, lift its zero-tolerance policy for hormone residues in beef, and approve hundreds of beef and pork production and storage facilities for exports. The country also published a list of U.S. companies that are eligible to export dried distillers grains.

In addition, the FDA has announced it is helping register companies to export livestock feed to China, which has agreed to simplify its process for registering new U.S. livestock feed products for trade.

Furthermore, USDA is saying that “many importers report that they are receiving tariff relief for purchases of U.S. food and agricultural products” under China’s exemption process. "These steps show that China is moving in the right direction to implement the Phase One agreement," Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said. "We will continue to work with China to ensure full implementation of its commitments and look forward to seeing further improvement and progress as we continue our ongoing bilateral discussions."

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