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USMEF predicts change in Japan’s 20-month beef import rule

The head of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) thinks the Japanese are finally ready to loosen the so-called “20-month rule” on U.S. beef imports – under which Japan only imports U.S. beef from cattle 20 months of age or younger.

USMEF’s Phil Seng said recently that, once Japanese officials resolve the ongoing nuclear crisis, he expects a breakthrough on the issue, perhaps before the end of June. Seng believes a phased approach, such as that in South Korea, could apply to Japan, initially allowing the import of U.S. beef from cattle 30 months of age or younger.

NCBA has estimated that getting the Japanese to a 30 month standard could mean another billion dollars annually to U.S. cattlemen.

The head of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) thinks the Japanese are finally ready to loosen the so-called “20-month rule” on U.S. beef imports – under which Japan only imports U.S. beef from cattle 20 months of age or younger.

USMEF’s Phil Seng said recently that, once Japanese officials resolve the ongoing nuclear crisis, he expects a breakthrough on the issue, perhaps before the end of June. Seng believes a phased approach, such as that in South Korea, could apply to Japan, initially allowing the import of U.S. beef from cattle 30 months of age or younger.

NCBA has estimated that getting the Japanese to a 30 month standard could mean another billion dollars annually to U.S. cattlemen.


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