China

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.

Data & Analysis

May 21, 2015
MY 2015/16 centrifugal sugar production is forecast at 10.8 million tons, down 1.8 percent from the previous year due to low operating rates and weak domestic prices.
May 20, 2015
ATO Beijing participated in the World Dairy Expo and dairy seminar in Harbin, China during April 22-24, 2015.
May 13, 2015
Corn and rice production are forecast to reach record levels at 226 and 209 million tons in MY 2015/16 respectively. MY 2015/16 wheat production is forecast at a near record 125 million tons.