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Brazil Looks to US to Increase Beef Exports

14 March 2012

BRAZIL - Brazilian beef exports are expected to reach US$6 billion in 2012, an increase on 11 per cent on 2011 figures, which would return Brazil to the world leader in beef exports, lost to the US in 2011.

The Brazilian Beef Exporters Association (ABIEC) says that increased demand from Russia, Europe and Iran, as well as new markets such as the US and Indonesia will improve exports.

Russia has recently lifted a ban on Brazilian beef, which was established on health grounds, the EU has also opened up markets.

ABIEC Executive Director, Fernando Sampaio said: "We hope to return growth to these markets."

Brazil are also hoping to increase exports to China, which has recently given access for five large Brazilian units to export beef.

Access to US markets

With a Brazilian visit to the US coming up, Brazil is confident that the US will revise current regulations which restrict imports of Brazilian beef.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is set to visit the US in April. Minister of Agriculture, Mendes Ribeiro Filho, said he was confident that the US markets would open up to Brazilian products.

Minister Filho has met with numerous US officials and says that he has left all the meetings optimistic, he will accompany the President on her visit to Washington.

Last week, US Deputy Secretary of State, William Burns visited Brazil, and was asked about the barriers imposed on certain Brazilian beef and a revision of the Treaty of Economic and Commercial Cooperation.

Over the next two weeks, representatives from the Brazilian government will visit Washington to establish lines of discussion in areas of trade and investment.

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