US export body stresses importance of Japan

By Line Elise Svanevik

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The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) stressed the importance of the US-Japanese economic relationship at a media briefing in Tokyo on Friday (19 April).

USMEF president and CEO Philip Seng pointed to Japan’s rationalisation of its import restrictions to allow beef imports from US cattle less than 30 months of age. He said: “The US appreciates the action and the way this was handled [by Japan]. We appreciate how smoothly the process has gone thus far. The US beef industry is committed to the Japanese market and looks forward to an even closer partnership.”

The change in policy is forecast to contribute to a 45% increase in US beef exports to Japan this year.

Japan’s involvement with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was also raised at the briefing, and the country’s Prime Minister Shinzõ Abe has previously stated that Japan is committed to join the TPP discussions.

“TPP is often referred to in Japan as TPP mondai (question). I like to call it TPP kikai (opportunity). The USMEF and our industry strongly endorse Japan’s participation in TPP. We stress that the last word in TPP is ‘partnership’. We regard TPP as a partnership – a collaborative effort,”​ said Seng.

Japan continues to lead the value market and rank second in the volume market for US pork.

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