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USTR and USDA Secure Improved Access for U.S. Beef to Colombia

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. government has reached agreements with the governments of Colombia and Peru to reduce certification requirements for U.S. beef and beef products for human consumption entering those countries. The agreements are expected to increase exports of U.S. beef and beef products. Exports to Colombia, in particular, have grown substantially following the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) in May 2012. The agreement reflects the United States’ negligible risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) by the World Organization for Animal Health. The agreements will allow beef and beef products from all federally-inspected U.S. establishments to be eligible for export to both Peru and Colombia, rather than only those beef and beef products from establishments that participated in the Agricultural Marketing Service Export Verification programs under the previous certification requirements. U.S. exports of beef and beef products to Colombia exceeded $14.4 million in 2014, up more than 260 percent from $4 million in 2011, before CTPA took effect. Meanwhile, exports to Peru totaled more than $25.4 million in 2015.

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