The Department of Agriculture announced March 15 an agreement with the government of South Korea that will allow for trade restrictions at the state level instead of the country level should another detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza occur in the U.S. USDA states that this agreement will allow unaffected states to continue to trade with Korea, thus preventing a repeat of Korea’s 2015 ban on imports of all U.S. poultry, poultry products, and eggs as a result of a detection of HPAI.

A USDA press release states that South Korea purchased $122 million in U.S. poultry and products in 2014, the last full year without any HPAI-related trade restrictions in place, but only $46 million in 2017. Korea’s most recent HPAI-related ban on imports from the U.S. was imposed in March 2017 but lifted that August.

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