Preliminary trade negotiations between the US and Japan are
scheduled to begin today.
Japan is the largest value market for US beef and pork and US
Meat Export Federation president and CEO Dan Halstrom says rapid progress on
these talks is extremely important. “Even
though we are setting records today on beef into Japan, we are at a severe
disadvantage because we are not part of the CPTPP,” he says. “With the most recent decrease in duties for
the CPTPP countries being April 1st – each we that we go we will become
more of a disadvantrage.”
Japan imposes an import duty of 38.5 percent on US beef, while the rate for countries that are part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is 26.6 percent and is set to decline to 9 percent over the next 14 years.