The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted its age-based import restrictions on U.S. beef and eliminated the Export Verification Program requirement. This opening of the market could boost U.S. exports of beef to the UAE by 20 percent in 2012. Through the first 11 months of 2011, U.S. beef products exports to the UAE totaled 7,275 metric tons valued at approximately $34.7 million.
“We applaud the UAE officials, representatives from Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of State, who collaborated closely to implement this scientifically sound policy,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “It is our hope that other countries in the region will follow the UAE’s example, relax their restrictions and allow American beef producers and packers to compete fairly in this highly competitive global market.”
To view the notice on the new export requirements, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/United_Arab_Emirates_Requirements/index.asp.