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Further Liberalization of U.S. Beef Imports Likely

Posted April. 23, 2008 05:12,   


Korea is expected to allow U.S. beef imports not only from cattle younger than 30 months, but also from older cattle as early as mid-May.

“The U.S. is expected to notify the implementation of stricter cattle feed rules next week in the official gazettes of state government,” said Assistant Agriculture Minister Min Dong-seok at a free trade forum on U.S. beef imports yesterday in Seoul.

Placing the notification in the gazettes is in accordance with the “proclamation procedure.”

In a talk on the sanitary conditions of U.S. beef imports Friday, Korea agreed to allow the import of American beef from cattle younger than 30 months old in stage one and those from older cattle in stage two on the condition that Washington announce the enforcement of revised cattle feed rules.

“Once the U.S. announces (the revised rules), U.S. beef imports from cattle aged 30 months or older will be possible in about a month, following the establishment of relevant procedures by the U.S. and Korea,” Min said.

“This means that different stages of beef imports as agreed by the two countries will become meaningless.”