Lifting ban on US poultry
US exports may get a boost from hopes that South Korea intends lifting the ban on US poultry, with China set to follow soon after
Since 2015, South Korea has banned poultry imports several times due to the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza, the last of which came recently after the US Department of Agriculture reported an outbreak of HPAI at a broiler breeding unit in Tennessee.
Indications that South Korea is looking to lift the ban and resume US imports came last month when the Asian nation dropped all import duties on 28 000 tonnes of egg products from the US until the end of the year.
The 11th August marks the 90th day that the US has been officially clear of avian influenza, meaning exports can resume under OIE rules.
While welcoming the reopening of the South Korean market, first prize for US exporters would be again accessing the Chinese market as that country has suffered from several major AI outbreaks and is believed to be in the middle of a poultry shortage.¡