USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review
26 November 2015
International Trade Highlights:
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, recently published the most current data on U.S. beef imports under a tariff rate quota (TRQ). According to the numbers, as of November 23, 2015, U.S. beef imports totaled 939,826 MT, which was 17.6 percent more than the same period last year. Imports of beef from Australia totaled 378,214 MT. This was 28.9 percent greater than a year ago. This filled 100.0 percent of Australia’s TRQ, compared to 77.6 percent the same period last year. Imports of beef from New Zealand totaled 198,657 MT. This was 14.4 percent higher than a year ago. It filled 93.1 percent of the TRQ, which was up from 81.4 percent a year ago. Beef imports from Canada, which are not subject to a TRQ, equaled 180,386 MT. This was up 6.0 percent over a year ago. Imports of beef from Mexico, which also do not fall under a TRQ, were 28.0 percent higher than a year ago, totaling 123,669 MT. Beef imports from Uruguay through November 23 equaled 17,849 MT, 2.7 percent more than last year. This filled 89.2 percent of Uruguay’s TRQ, compared to 86.9 percent a year ago. Beef imports from Argentina remained banned due to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The weekly report is available on the CBP website at http://www.cbp.gov/trade/quota/commodity-graph-report.
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