The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has asked China to delay implementing its import rule requiring all U.S. pork to be ractopamine-free.  

China will stop importing U.S. pork unless it has been verified to be free of ractopamine by a third party. It had been scheduled to begin on March 1.

According to Bloomberg, USMEF has urged China to delay the rule’s implantation to give exporters more time.  

Joel Haggard, the group’s Asia-Pacific vice president, says that the U.S. agencies in Beijing were notified of the new requirement last week, less than two weeks before it went into effect.   The group claims that exporters weren’t given enough advanced notice.

Haggard also points that shipments already in transit that will fail to meet the ractopamine requirement.  Read more from Bloomberg.

Last week Smithfield Food, the world’s largest pork processor, announced it would meet China’s requirement by the March 1 deadline. Read, “Smithfield says it will meet China's deadline on pork.”

China is the third largest importer of U.S. pork and imported 431,145 metric tons of U.S. pork last year.  See more export information from USMEF.