Will The U.S. Recover The Lost Japan Market?

Effective Feb. 1, Japan will permit the import of U.S. beef from cattle less than 30 months of age, compared to the previous limit of 20 months. Before the 2003 BSE incident in the U.S., Japan was the export destination for almost 300 million mt of U.S. beef. In 2012, the volume was half that. This week’s online poll question is: “Will U.S. beef exports to Japan return to 2003 levels?”

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Anonymous
on Feb 8, 2013

USMEF is a bit overboard on this, especially regarding 2013 prospects.

Anonymous
on Feb 1, 2013

They have been able to buy all they want of product under 20 months. The amount won't change just the age of animal from which it comes.

on Feb 1, 2013

USMEF reports that Japan’s overall beef consumption never fully recovered after U.S. beef exited the market in December 2003.
“When compared to the peak reached prior to BSE, the total beef market in Japan is down about 250,000 mt,” says Phil Send, USMEF CEO. “This is tonnage that was never made up by our competitors in the market – not by Australia, New Zealand or any other beef supplier. We see this as a void that can still be filled, so the prospects for U.S. beef in Japan are very encouraging and this is a very exciting development for our cattle producers.”

Anonymous
on Feb 1, 2013

I don't think we will recover to the 2003 levels simply because we screw up everything we touch. Just wait and see, someone will try to pull a fast one. We just don't learn our lesson.

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