CHINA TO ALLOW IMPORT OF U.S. TOBACCO
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has signed an agreement with China’s Inspection and Quarantine Agency this week to allow for the importation of U.S. tobacco into China.
The USDA said the agreement with China has the potential to increase the U.S. tobacco industry’s international sales by $140 million and “sets the stage for future trade relations.”
Under the agreement, China will import dried U.S. tobacco that is free of active tobacco blue mold species. All U.S. tobacco exports to China will be inspected prior to leaving the country. China will also modify regulations that ban U.S. tobacco shipments.