China and the UK have signed a number of agricultural agreements that will allow poultry products from the UK return to the Chinese market. The resumption of UK poultry exports will be worth approximately GBP10 million (US$16 million) annually.
China banned the UK’s poultry exports in early 2007 following an outbreak of avian influenza H5N1 on a turkey farm. China had been a top 20 importer of UK poultry products, importing 1,964 metric tons of meat and offal between January and November 2006.
As part of the discussions, five processing plants have been authorized to export pork products to China, worth some GBP25 million (US$40 million) annually.