U.S. Officials Announce Opening of Beef Markets in Peru and Colombia


WASHINGTON – U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns applauded today the recent actions by Colombia and Peru to lift their BSE-related bans on U.S. beef and beef product imports.   

“We are very pleased to see the Peruvian and Colombian markets reopened to U.S. beef and beef products.  We look to other trading partners to similarly make trade decisions in accordance with science-based international standards,” said Ambassador Schwab.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said, “These openings represent progress in our efforts to reopen global markets for U.S. beef.  American producers are proud of our safe, high-quality beef products, and we value the opportunity to deliver our products to consumers in South America and around the world.”

In 2003, the United States exported a combined total of more than $4 million worth of beef and beef products to Colombia and Peru.  The reopening of these two markets restores two-thirds of the market access for U.S. beef and beef products in South America.