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USMEF Calls EU Approval of US-EU Beef Agreement 'Outstanding News'

29 November 2019

US - On 28 November, 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 a press release from the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

In a statement issued to the press, USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said: "Approval by the European Parliament keeps this agreement on track for implementation in early 2020, which is outstanding news for the US 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 US-specific share of the quota will help ensure that US 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 US beef, and consistent access will not only benefit US 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 US industry’s efforts to expand the European customer base for US beef."

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