“With that risk of sudden market closure removed, we have an opportunity to not only strengthen share within our current base but add significant new business,” says Suber.
The Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) of USDA will begin issuing the certificate immediately. Certificates that were issued by AMS for product destined for China prior to Jan. 18, 2013 will be valid for 60 days from the finalization of this agreement, but will not be accepted in China after March 20, 2013.
Concludes McKnight, “The fact that China continued to purchase dairy products from the United States while resolving the certificate demonstrates that the two countries have a good working relationship conducive to handling complex issues. It provides a measure of certainty for buyers and sellers that the United States has a clear path to ship to China, and we will be there as responsible suppliers for the long run.”