U.S. and China agree to beef deal, NE imports

Posted at 6:48 AM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 07:48:10-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - After the U.S. and China finalized details on beef export, a Nebraskan company will ship its product to the country Wednesday.


Just two days after the deal announcement, Greater Omaha Packing Company will send its first beef shipment.


To observe the milestone  Gov. Pete Ricketts and Greg Ibach, director of the state’s department of agriculture, will be there, according to a spokesperson for the governor.


In 2003, China shut its doors to American beef sales and currently imports about $2.5 billion in beef from other countries.


Soon, Nebraskan ranchers will get a sliver of those sales.


Earlier this year, Ricketts said the state began work on a partnership to help it play a major role in the Chinese marketplace, visiting the country within the past two year alongside other state officials.


Prior to the ban, the U.S. was the largest supplier of imported beef to China.