Peru Agrees to Remove Barriers to U.S. Beef
U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced March 14 that the Peruvian government has agreed to remove barriers to U.S. beef and beef product exports to Peru that had been in place for over a decade. As a result, U.S. beef exporters will now have unfettered access to one of the fastest growing markets in Latin America.
USTR notes in a press release that the agreement between the U.S. and Peruvian governments reflects the negligible risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy given to the United States by the World Organization for Animal Health. Through an exchange of letters the two sides have agreed to changes in certification statements that will allow beef and beef products from all federally-inspected U.S. establishments to be eligible for export to Peru, 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. The elimination of these burdensome certification requirements is expected to boost U.S. beef and beef product exports to Peru, which totaled $25.4 million last year.