Baucus Secures Commitment from Obama Administration to Expand Access for U.S. Beef in Korea
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
(American Meat Institute)
The Obama administration today announced a
plan to fund U.S. beef
promotion in Korea and to
hold consultations on U.S.
beef market access, according to a press
release issued by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT),
who served as a key negotiator on the
“Our long fight for strong, science-based
trade rules around the world to open foreign
markets for American ranchers – and keep them
open – took big steps forward today,” said
Baucus. “Korea’s age
restriction on U.S.
beef is both scientifically unjustified and
inconsistent with international standards. To
address this barrier, I fought both for more
resources to promote U.S. beef in Korea and for
consultations with Korea on the full
application of the import protocol, which calls
for full market access for U.S. beef.”
AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle
hailed Senator Baucus’ leadership in
negotiating these important developments.
“On behalf of the U.S. meat
industry, I commend Senator Baucus for his
tireless efforts in promoting expanded access
for U.S. beef in
It is our hope that this important development
will put the Korea Free Trade Agreement, as
well as those with Panama and
on a fast track for approval in the
AMI last year worked closely with the
National Pork Producers Council, Iowa State University, ERS, U.S. Meat Export
Federation and the USA Poultry and Egg Export
Council to derive estimates on the impact of
full implementation of these three free trade
agreements on U.S.
exports and job creation. Results of the
impact study found that passage of the pending
Colombian, South Korean, and Panamanian free
trade agreements would represent an additional
$2.3 billion in meat and poultry exports and
the creation of 29,524 new jobs.
To read Senator Baucus’ press release in
its entirety, visit: http://finance.senate.gov/newsroom/chairman/release/?id=514813d3-9192-4a38-8f5a-ea602675f442.
To read about U.S. Meat Export
Initiative’s expanded South
initiative, visit http://www.usmef.org/.
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