Background

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.

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