October 7, 2008
News Release 08-098
Inv. No. 332-488
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

U.S. BEEF EXPORTS CONSTRAINED BY INCONSISTENT ANIMAL HEALTH, FOOD SAFETY MEASURES, SAYS ITC

Beef Exporters Lose Revenue Despite Increased Sales in the U.S. Market

U.S. beef processors and beef cattle ranchers lose billions of dollars in export opportunities each year because of animal health and food safety measures in other countries that are inconsistent with international standards and vary by country, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission in its report Global Beef Trade: Effects of Animal Health, Sanitary, Food Safety, and Other Measures on U.S. Beef Exports.

Animal health and food safety regulations in Japan and Korea accounted for most of the export losses over the period, according to the report.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, completed the report at the request of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. As requested, the ITC provided an overview of the U.S. and global beef markets and information on animal health and food safety measures facing U.S. and other major beef exporters in major destination markets. The ITC also provided information on other measures restricting U.S. beef exports (primarily tariffs and tariff-rate quotas (TRQs)) and compared the effects of animal health and food safety regulations in importing markets to the effects of these other measures. Highlights of the report follow.

Global Beef Trade: Effects of Animal Health, Sanitary, Food Safety, and Other Measures on U.S. Beef Exports (Investigation No. 332-488, USITC Publication 4033, September 2008) will be available on the ITC's Internet site at /publications/332/pub4033.pdf. A CD-ROM of the report may be requested by e-mailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or contacting the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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