The U.S. and China have recently made a trade agreement on beef, poultry and natural gas.
The recent agreement, deemed by federal officials as a herculean accomplishment for the Trump administration, was a bid to narrow the country’s trade deficit with China.
Under the trade agreement deal, China is going to allow U.S. imports of beef no later than July 16. This, after imposing a ban on U.S.beef products in 2003 over safety concerns about mad cow disease.
In turn, the U.S. is slated to release a proposed rule to allow Chinese cooked poultry to enter U.S. markets.
The U.S. has also made a huge interest in exporting more liquefied natural gas to China. According to federal officials, the Asian superpower may negotiate any type of export contract with the U.S. suppliers, including long-term ventures.
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“The key in these deals is specifics that are enforceable — literally, the devil is in the details.
The more these agreements have included real, concrete outcomes rather than platitudes, rehashing old ground or punts to the future, the better they are.
American companies, workers, farmers and more are eager for more access to Chinese markets, and they’ll look to ensure reality matches the rhetoric of these promises,” Scott Mulhauser, a former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, told FoxBusiness.com.
U.S., China trade agreement by the numbers
Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been reported to show that China has been the second leading consumer of beef products in 2016, consuming nearly eight million tonnes last year.
The country was also among the largest importer of beef products, letting in 812,000 tonnes in 2016. China trails behind the U.S. in importing and consuming these products.
According to recent statistics, Asia is still in the lead to be the first market segment for U.S. beef shipments. In fact, the country sold as much as $3.77 billion worth of beef cuts to Asia in 2016.
Recent statistics also have been showing that China has been the third leading importer of liquefied natural gas, purchasing as much as 26.06 million tonnes in 2016. The country trails behind Japan and South Korea is LNG importation.
On the other hand, the U.S. is already fast becoming a major player in natural gas importation.
Shipping data from Reuters.com revealed that the China purchased its very first U.S. LNG tanker in August last year. This was followed by eight more cargoes delivered between December and March. According to the report, the U.S. has shipped just over 0.6 million tonnes or 1.4 billion cubic meters of LNG to China during the period. In comparison, the Chinese government imports 1.5-2 billion cubic meters of LNG from Australia.