CHINA - China has agreed to resume imports of US pig and sow skins to the mainland, according to the US Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA).
The move lifts a 2009 ban on the products that were blocked from the Chinese market because of fears over H1-N1 "swine flu" outbreaks.
The American Meat Institute report that China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) confirmed that US pig skin exports can resume immediately under USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) existing animal by-product certificate-the same certificate used for cattle hides.
USHSLA has received written confirmation of AQSIQ's decision from the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA).
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