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.

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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.