New Agreements Aim to Expand Exports of U.S. Beef and Pork
The Department of Agriculture reports that it has reached separate agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The agreement with Mexico takes effect immediately and allows U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico for the first time in more than a decade. In addition, Peru has agreed to expand access to its consumer market for U.S. fresh and chilled pork. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that Mexico has the potential to import $15 million worth of live U.S. cattle per year and that Peru's market could generate $5 million annually in additional pork sales.