Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports.
That paves the way for expanded sales to the United States’ top global beef market.
Last week, Perdue met on the sidelines of the G-20 Agricultural Ministerial Meeting in Japan with government officials.
Everyone in attendance affirmed the importance of science-based trade rules.
The new terms take effect immediately, allowing U.S. products from all cattle, regardless of age, to enter Japan for the first time since 2003.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation is pleased with the news, saying:
“This is a major step toward putting BSE in the rearview mirror.”