Breaking Down Barriers: U.S. pushes for beef market expansion overseas

A U.S. Agricultural Trade Negotiator highlights efforts to expand the American beef market outside the U.S.

U.S. Agricultural Trade Negotiator Doug McKalip recently shared insights into efforts aimed at widening foreign markets for American beef. McKalip emphasized the importance of face-to-face discussions in dismantling non-tariff trade barriers with major trading partners.

“For example, Japan has greatly expanded their access for our products, and that’s a $2.3 billion market for US beef,” McKalip stated, highlighting the significant strides made in penetrating Japan’s lucrative market.

McKalip underscored challenges within agreements like the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), where non-scientific trade barriers continue to hinder American product entry. “There are, just over the course of the last year, about $6 billion that we were able to save by getting countries to remove those regulatory hurdles,” he explained, emphasizing the impact on beef exporters.

Regarding ongoing disputes, the U.S. initiated a second trade dispute settlement panel concerning Canada’s dairy import quotas, alleging Ottawa’s failure to comply with a previous ruling favoring the U.S.

McKalip also highlighted Southeast Asia’s growing significance as a prime target for market expansion, citing its burgeoning population and middle class as key factors.

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