US & CHINA - Poultry producers in Virginia are once again anticipating robust returns after product shipments to China resumed last week after a seven-year hiatus.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was at the Purdue Foods' cold-storage export plant last week in Norfolk, to oversee the poultry products that were being loaded and shipped to China.
It is the first shipment of poultry products leaving the facility after the ban on poultry products from Virginia was lifted by China in May.
The ban was imposed by China in 2007 following low pathogenic avian influenza that was reported in a Virginia farm.
"I am thrilled to see poultry products being exported from Virginia to China for the first time since 2007. Getting the long standing ban revoked has been a top priority for my administration. I wanted to be in Norfolk to witness first hand the vessel being loaded," Governor Governor McAuliffe said.
"The resumption of business means more trade and revenue generation opportunities for Virginia's poultry industry and many related businesses that work to move products from family farms into the global marketplace."
The shipment will arrive in Shenzhen in South China's Guangdong province on 3 August
China is now one of the top foreign markets for US poultry products and bought more than $416 million last year. Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina are leading suppliers, according to Governor McAuliffe.
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