Red Meat Exports Trend Lower in May

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia

U.S. beef and pork exports trended lower in May, due in large part to temporary interruptions in slaughter and processing. Beef exports dropped well below year-ago levels, while pork exports remained higher than a year ago, but were the lowest since October 2019. Joe Schuele with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has the details. “As protective measures related to …

U.K. Still Resisting Agriculture Inclusion in U.S. Trade Talks

Clint Thompson Alabama, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Trade

United Kingdom officials in London are launching an advisory group that will focus on protecting the interests of British farmers during the upcoming high-stakes trade negotiations with the United States. Liz Truss, International Trade Secretary for the United Kingdom, says, “Trade pacts with other nations must be fair and reciprocal to our farmers, and must not compromise on our high …


North American Meat Institute: USMCA’s Entry Into Force Ensures Acces to Critical Markets for Meat, Poultry

Clint Thompson Alabama, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Trade

Meat & Poultry Industry Exports $5.5 Billion Annually to Canada & Mexico WASHINGTON, DC – The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) released the following statement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entry into force:  “The U.S. meat and poultry industry exports $5.5 billion annually in products to Canada and Mexico,” said Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts. “This …


Mexican President to Meet This Week With Trump

Clint Thompson Alabama, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Trade

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be in Washington this week to celebrate the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade going into full effect. The Washington Trade Daily says Obrador will meet with President Trump and may also meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As the agreement between the three North American countries enters into force, Obrador is making the …


China Suspends Exports From Tyson Foods Plant

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Poultry

On Sunday, China suspended poultry exports from an Arkansas Tyson Food’s processing plant where workers tested positive for COVID-19.  China’s General Administration of Customs announced the suspension after Tyson Foods confirmed a cluster of COVID-19 cases at its facility in Springdale, Arkansas. A Tyson spokesperson told Reuters the company is investigating the matter, adding, “It is important to note that …


Lighthizer on U.K., China Trade

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The United States-United Kingdom (UK) trade talks are moving ahead and China will meet its commitment to buy billions more in U.S. farm goods as part of the Phase One trade deal, despite the coronavirus pandemic. That came from U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer during a Senate Finance hearing testimony last Wednesday. Lighthizer says trade talks with the UK are …

More Progress Needed on U.S. Beef Access to Saudi Arabia

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia

While Saudi Arabia did recently lift its 30-month cattle age restriction on U.S. beef, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) notes other product restrictions do remain in place. Joe Schuele has the story. According to USMEF, U.S. exports to Saudi Arabia in 2019 totaled $14.3 million. Through April of this year, exports were substantially below the 2019 pace at just …


A New USDA Export Forecast

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released its revised agricultural trade outlook for the 2020 fiscal year. And according to a story from Gary Crawford, it has been lowered some.