Vilsack not satisfied with level of activity or implementation of Phase One Deal

Secretary Vilsack says that he is disappointed with the level of activity or implementation of the Phase One agreement. While Chinese purchases have increased, the market share of what is being purchased has dropped.

Vilsack says that only 50 sanitary and phytosanitary commitments have been made.

“There are seven that are still outstanding,” according to the Secretary. “A number of which are really important, not the least of which are commitments on more quickly approving biotechnology events for use in China. There was a biofuel commitment that needs to be committed to. So, there are a variety of things that need to be done on that side, in order for us to be more satisfied with Phase One.”

Phase One ends this year with no sign that a second phase is being worked out between the two nations.


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