Improved Access to Colombia for U.S. Beef and Beef Products
The U.S. announced this week an agreement further opening the Colombian market to U.S. beef and beef products for human consumption. U.S. beef exports to Colombia have grown more than 260 percent since the May 2012 entry into force of a bilateral free trade agreement, topping $14.4 million in 2014, and are expected to increase further under the new agreement.
According to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the two sides have agreed to changes in certification statements that will allow beef and beef products from all federally inspected U.S. establishments, not just those that participated in the Department of Agriculture’s export verification programs, to be eligible for export to Colombia. This step reflects the United States’ negligible risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy by the World Organization for Animal Health.