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ATO Guangzhou Leads US-China Biotechnology Seminars

18 June 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

CHINA - From May 21-25, 2012, ATO Guangzhou organised and led the US Department of Agriculture’s first US-China Biotechnology Inspection and Quarantine seminar road show with three of the largest South China quarantine and inspection bureaus (CIQs).

The road show included seminars and laboratory visits to Guangdong Provincial, Shenzhen (works independent of Guangdong CIQ), and Xiamen (Xiamen CIQ works independent of the Provincial Fujian CIQ). The seminars featured experts from the largest US seed research and development industry and Chinese entities like the China National Quarantine and Inspection Association (CIQA) and the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).

The engagement was also a milestone entrée for Crop Life China and US grains producer associations such as the American Soybean Association—International Marketing and the US Grains Council as well as trade interests like Cargill Investments China Ltd. to discuss food safety and food security in the context of biotechnology developments impacting US-China agricultural trade.

South China ports play an important role in bulk grain imports. The seminars will significantly improve biotechnology knowledge of the port inspection officials and strengthen work relationships the ATO, industry, and the trade has with CIQs in major South China ports. With better understanding of biotechnology, the port officials will improve their technical inspections and help smooth the way for US agricultural products into the South China market.

South China ports play an important role in the importation of bulk grains. According to WTA statistics, in 2011 South China ports imported a total value of $3,182 million of US soybeans (or 27 per cent of total exports to China.) and $273 million of US corn (or 59 per cent of total exports to China).

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