US beef to be preferred in the EU in future

18-Jun-2019 - Belgium

Under pressure from US President Donald Trump, the EU wants to help American beef producers to better market opportunities in Europe. According to the EU Commission on Friday, parts of the global EU import quota of 45,000 tonnes per year will be reserved for US suppliers.

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Within seven years, the US supply share could thus increase to 35 000 tonnes per year.

Only 10 000 tonnes would then come from the other main suppliers Argentina, Uruguay and Argentina. According to Commission sources, they have so far been able to share around two thirds of the import quota.

The EU's compliance with the issue is seen as one reason why Trump agreed last summer to put the trade dispute with the EU on hold for the time being and also agreed not to introduce any further special duties on cars or other goods from the EU for the time being. The deal negotiated at the time also provides for the EU to promote the import of soya and liquefied petroleum gas from the USA.

Commenting on the agreement, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said that only the import of hormone-free beef would continue to be allowed. The quality and safety of beef imported into the EU would not be changed.

Beef has been the subject of decades of dispute between the USA and the EU. The core was the EU import ban on hormone-treated beef, which the US considers incompatible with WTO rules.

Finally, as a compromise, import quotas for non-hormone-treated beef were introduced. However, they have also ensured that other countries have been able to do very good business in the EU.

The agreement negotiated by the EU Commission with the USA still has to be approved by the governments and the EU Parliament /aha/DP/jha (dpa)

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