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∑ Nebraska Cattlemen President Pleased With EU Parliament Confirmation Of Beef Trade
∑ USMEF Statement on European Parliament's Approval of U.S.-EU Beef Access Agreement
∑ USMEF: New Africa representative sees real opportunities for U.S. red meat
Nebraska Cattlemen President Pleased With EU Parliament Confirmation Of Beef Trade
Radio 570 WNAX (SD)
Dec 2, 2019
The European Parliament has voted to approve a plan granting the United States a country specific share of the European Unionís duty free high quality beef quota. That was confirmation of the agreement reached and signed in August. Nebraska Cattlemen Association President Mike Drinnen says thatís great news for Americaís cattle producers.
He says several of Nebraskaís cattlemen already are producing the non hormone treated beef and that fits right into the quota approved by the European Union.
Drinnen says trade is critical for the U.S. beef industry and being able to increase that is very important.
Implementation of the E.U. agreement is on track for early 2020...
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USMEF Statement on European Parliament's Approval of U.S.-EU Beef Access Agreement
Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)
Nov 29, 2019
On Nov. 28, the European Parliament voted to approve a plan granting the United States a country-specific share of the European Union's duty-free high-quality beef quota. The agreement, which was signed and announced in August, is detailed in this press release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued the following statement:
Approval by the European Parliament keeps this agreement on track for implementation in early 2020, which is outstanding news for the U.S. beef industry and our customers in Europe. Lack of capacity in the duty-free quota has been a source of frustration on both sides of the Atlantic, and a U.S.-specific share of the quota will help ensure that U.S. beef can enter the European market 52 weeks per year, without delay or interruption.
The European Union is one of the highest value destinations in the world for U.S. beef, and consistent access will not only benefit U.S. producers and exporters, but also European importers and their clientele. USMEF thanks USTR and USDA for negotiating this agreement and securing its approval, which will bolster the U.S. industry's efforts to expand the European customer base for U.S. beef.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations.
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New Africa representative sees real opportunities for U.S. red meat
Copeland also sees opportunities in Africa for more than just variety meat, as consumers become familiar with higher quality products.
Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)
via National Hog Farmer - Nov 26, 2019
The U.S. Meat Export Federation now has its first-ever regional representative in Africa. Before joining USMEF, Matt Copeland, who is based in Durban, South Africa, traded agricultural commodities in the region for more than 15 years, including several in the meats industry. He most recently served as Interra International's sales manager for both Sub-Saharan and southern Africa.
"I've been thrilled to be a part of the meats industry, have learned lots and overseen all sorts of problems solved through a lot of these African countries and I believe I can add quite a lot of value to the daily issues that our members are facing when trading with Africa," Copeland says.
Small volumes of U.S. beef and pork have been entering Africa for some time, and its rapidly growing economy is attracting more and more interest from U.S. meat exporters. However the region has been known for a significant amount of risk and uncertainty. Copeland says a local, experienced presence will be of value to USMEF member companies looking to expand their business in Africa.
"We have wonderful regional growth demographically as well as from a GDP per capita point of view. The demographic side of Africa will almost double by 2100 in population size," Copeland says. "For our members, we have someone now here who has really good levels of trust with certain importers into these countries. So in that respect, we might be able to remove some of the headaches associated with African trade in the past and then also there are other opportunities, that perhaps without having had a local person on the ground, marketing and promotion would have been more difficult to administer."
Copeland also sees opportunities in...