Hong Kong has agreed to reopen its market for U.S. beef. Under the new agreement, Hong Kong will permit the import of the full range of U.S. beef and beef products, consistent with access prior to December 2003. Prior to the agreement, only deboned beef from all cattle and certain bone-in beef from cattle less than 30 months of age could be exported to Hong Kong.
After the United States’ BSE case in December of 2003, Hong Kong banned U.S. beef and beef products. In 2005, Hong Kong partially reopened its market for deboned U.S. beef from cattle 30 months of age or younger. Currently Hong Kong is the fourth largest market for U.S. beef and beef product exports, with sales of $823 million in 2013.