In a February 14th meeting, the USAPEEC reviewed key issues impeding exports with Alexis Taylor, Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. The outstanding topic of concern was funding of export promotion programs. The second issue involves the possible use of vaccination as an adjunct to control the infection in the U. S. Currently HPAI has resulted in unjustified restrictions on entire states by some importing nations as a result of an HPAI diagnosis.  These include bans by China, South Africa and the Dominican Republic that are deviating from WOAH policy that allows for regionalization.  Many importing nations have confined embargos to counties.  In the case of China and South Africa, HPAI is endemic in those nations so that their unjustified restrictions are contrary to WOAH rules relating to trade.