Hoeven Joins Bipartisan Group in Urging President to Remove Barriers for U.S. Beef Exports to China

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven this week joined a bipartisan group of senators, led by Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), in urging the administration to reach an agreement with China opening the country to imports of U.S. beef. President Trump has a planned summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the U.S. this week. While China lifted its ban on U.S. beef in September, technical barriers remain that prevent U.S. producers from accessing the market. The full text of the letter can be found here.

“Our farmers and ranchers need our support, and trade is vital to their success,” Hoeven said. “China is the second largest importer of beef in the world. That’s why it is so important to open up this market. We’ve urged the president to do just this during his summit with the Chinese president this week. Our ag producers provide the most affordable and highest quality food in the world, and if we ensure they are treated fairly, there is no doubt that they can compete.”