China is the largest international market for U.S. food and agricultural products, accounting for 20 percent of all U.S. farm exports. Since China joined the World Trade Organization in late 2001, U.S.agricultural exports to the country have grown exponentially – and FAS projects that long-term growth will continue. U.S. farm exports to China (including Hong Kong) reached a record $29.9 billion in fiscal year 2014, with top products including soybeans, distillers' grains, hides and skins, tree nuts, coarse grains, cotton and beef.

The United States and China enjoy a history of collaboration in agriculture that dates back to the 1970s. Over the years, the U.S.-China agricultural relationship has grown and strengthened through high-level fora such as the 2012 Agricultural Symposium and the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

The United States' engagement with China has encouraged that country to adhere to international standards and to adopt rational, forward-looking agricultural policies that benefit both U.S. and Chinese producers and consumers.

Plan of Strategic Cooperation in Agriculture

Data & Analysis

May 25, 2016
China is the world's fourth largest dairy milk producer and consumer, and also a major importer of milk.
May 25, 2016
AQSIQ released for public comment the Draft Administrative Measures for Importers’ Review and Inspection on Overseas Establishments that Export Food Products to China.
May 25, 2016
China pledges to expedite the construction of traceability systems for key commodities, including edible agricultural products, food products, drugs, and rare earth.
May 18, 2016
The sugar industry in China continues to struggle due to high production costs, the elimination of government support prices, and import competition.