USDA Agreement Expands Pork and Beef Exports to Peru and Mexico
April 15, 2015
On Friday, April 10, 2015, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an agreement that removes barriers to beef and pork trade with Mexico and Peru. According to the USDA press release, Mexico could import an estimated $15 million of live cattle from the U.S. and Peru could potentially import $5 million worth of pork. USDA has been working with Mexico to open markets since 2008 and with Peru since 2012. The USDA stated that the agreement “takes effect immediately and will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico for the first time in over a decade”. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stated, "Our priority at USDA is not only to open or reopen markets for our producers, but to help drive U.S. economic growth through trade by supporting and creating American jobs on and off the farm.” In 2014, the U.S. exported $152.5 billion of food and other agriculture products. USDA stated that they “continuously seek opportunities for U.S. agricultural products and producers to expand access to overseas markets and contribute to a positive U.S. trade balance, to create jobs and to support economic growth.”
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