The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making U.S. soybean farmers and exporters aware of a new procedure to comply with China’s phytosanitary import requirements.
In September, Chinese officials notified APHIS of foreign material exceeding Chinese standards as well as weed seeds of quarantine concern in U.S. soybean shipments to that country.
The new procedure involves APHIS notifying China when a soybean shipment exceeds 1% foreign material by placing an additional declaration on the phytosanitary certificate that says, “This consignment exceeds 1% foreign material.”
“Record U.S. soybean production is driving record exports,” according to a Nov. 30 report from the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the USDA. “Although unit values are lower on larger global supplies, these are expected to spur additional demand for U.S. soybeans, pushing total soybean export value up $200 million to $24.1 billion. Competition from South America and demand in China remain key drivers in the forecast.”