U.S. Poultry Exports Gain Expanded Access to Guatemala
Guatemala has agreed to unilaterally accelerate the elimination of its 12.5 percent import tariff on fresh, frozen, and chilled chicken leg quarters from the U.S., according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. This tariff had been scheduled to remain in place through Dec. 31, 2021.
Guatemala also agreed to establish a tariff-rate quota allowing duty-free imports of 1,000 metric tons of processed chicken leg quarters each year. This TRQ will be eliminated effective Jan. 1, 2022.
USTR notes that Guatemala was the sixth-largest export market for U.S. poultry in 2016, when the U.S. shipped about $82 million worth of chicken leg quarters to Guatemala and U.S. exporters of those products had a 98 percent market share the Guatemalan market.