China hails equivalence of catfish product systems with U.S.
China hails U.S. confirmation on the equivalence of catfish product supervision systems, China's General Administration of Customs (GAC) noted on Wednesday.
The U.S. Federal Register on Tuesday published final rules on China's catfish exports to the U.S., which confirms the equivalence of the two countries' catfish product supervision systems.
The Federal Register is the official journal of the federal government of the United States that contains government agency rules, proposed rules and public notices.
The confirmation by the U.S. authority will have positive effects on China's export of aquatic products to the United States, said a GAC spokesperson.
Previously, the Chinese catfish inspection system had already passed document reviews and on-site audits by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The United States is the biggest export market of China's catfish products, importing more than 90 percent of China's total export catfish.
In December 2015, the United States released a regulation requiring that countries must implement inspection programs equivalent to that in the United States or lose their eligibility to export catfish products to the United States.
On October 26, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He held a phone conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
During the phone talks, both sides agreed on the U.S. importing Chinese-made cooked poultry meat, the equivalence of catfish product supervision systems, China's lifting of the ban on U.S. poultry exports, as well as on applying the Public Health Information System (PHIS) for meat products.