China Central Document to integrate ag imports, exports

Country’s No. 1 Central Document proposes goal of coordinating markets and resources at home and abroad

China’s No. 1 Central Document, released January 27 by Xinhua News Agency, this year pledges to integrate the import and export of agricultural products.

The Document, which for 13 years has focused on agriculture, rural areas and farmers, proposes the goal of coordinating the markets and resources at home and abroad by providing a policy system that complements agricultural foreign trade and the domestic agricultural development. The No. 1 Central Document underscores the significance of improving the opening pattern of agriculture while protecting the national industries and farmers’ benefit.

According to Chinafeed.org., the number of designated ports of imported meats in China had increased up to 47 by the end of 2015 with port inspection capability going beyond 6 million tons and total stock of cold storage on file surpassing 1 million tons.

According to the data by the Department of International Cooperation of MOA in early January, from January to November of 2015, the value of agricultural import-export volume totaled US$168.68 billion, down 4 percent from the previous year. Of the total trade, the agricultural exports of China were worth US$62.88 billion, decreasing 2.9 percent year on year; the imports decreased 4.7 percent at US$105.80 billion.

In the first 11 months of 2015, the import of livestock products was worth US$18.50 billion, a decrease of 9.5 percent year on year, and the export of these products saw a year-on-year decrease of 14.8 percent to US$5.3 billion.