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Mexico to Increase Beef Export to Japan

12 March 2012
Meat & Livestock Australia

MEXICO & JAPAN - Japan will allow larger quantities of Mexican beef to be imported at a reduced tariff rate, under the revised Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The amendment to the current EPA protocols will come into force from 1 April 2012.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia, the quota for Mexican beef will be increased from the current 6,000 tonnes per year, to 10,500 tonnes per year. Tariff rates will remain as previously agreed, at 30.8 per cent for chilled and frozen boneless products, except for the ‘other’ frozen category.

Japan applies a 38.5 per cent tariff for chilled and frozen beef from other countries, including Australia, with the right to increase the rate to 50 per cent if import volumes exceed levels set by the government.

Japanese imports of Mexican beef have accelerated since the Japan-Mexico EPA in 2005, with shipments in 2011 reaching 17,403 tonnes swt - up 46 per cent from the previous year and just 1,772 tonnes swt in 2004.

While it is still a minor beef supplier to Japan, Mexico is gearing up its promotional activities in the market. It was reported by the trade media Shokuniku Sokuho this week that Mexican beef exporters are planning to conduct seminars and promotions for chefs and consumers in Japan throughout 2012.

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