The US are preparing for their first meat shipments to China in 14 years.

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The US are preparing for their first meat shipments to China in 14 years after the two countries reached a trade agreement. Beef from the US was banned in China due to fears of BSE in cows in 2003.  The requirements for the new deal are that cattle shipped must not be older than 30 months old.

Before 2003, the US was China’s biggest source of meat with over 70% of the market. Along with the US, Canada also lost a large customer base for beef in China following2003, however they were the first country with an issue around BSE to resume exporting to China in 2010.

There are restrictions to Canada's beef trade to China which matches the new US deal. The beef must come from cattle that are no older than thirty months old.

According to the USDA, the total cost of beef imported by China was $2.5 billion last year compared to 2012 figures which were reported at $275 million. A large increase in beef consumption in just four years.

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