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  • DATVF.CHIATL
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    0.070
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  • DATVF.DALLAX
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  • DATVF.LAXDAL
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  • DATVF.SEALAX
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    0.053
    6.8%
  • DATVF.PHLCHI
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    0.049
    5.3%
  • DATVF.LAXSEA
    2.250
    0.072
    3.3%
  • DATVF.VEU
    1.503
    0.038
    2.6%
  • DATVF.VNU
    1.448
    0.036
    2.5%
  • DATVF.VSU
    1.299
    0.009
    0.7%
  • DATVF.VWU
    1.542
    0.062
    4.2%
  • ITVI.USA
    10,149.240
    -70.640
    -0.7%
  • OTRI.USA
    3.780
    -0.080
    -2.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    10,139.180
    -75.530
    -0.7%
  • TLT.USA
    2.500
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    151.000
    5.000
    3.4%
  • DATVF.ATLPHL
    1.795
    -0.005
    -0.3%
  • DATVF.CHIATL
    1.738
    0.070
    4.2%
  • DATVF.DALLAX
    1.102
    0.028
    2.6%
  • DATVF.LAXDAL
    1.495
    -0.012
    -0.8%
  • DATVF.SEALAX
    0.835
    0.053
    6.8%
  • DATVF.PHLCHI
    0.975
    0.049
    5.3%
  • DATVF.LAXSEA
    2.250
    0.072
    3.3%
  • DATVF.VEU
    1.503
    0.038
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  • DATVF.VNU
    1.448
    0.036
    2.5%
  • DATVF.VSU
    1.299
    0.009
    0.7%
  • DATVF.VWU
    1.542
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    4.2%
  • ITVI.USA
    10,149.240
    -70.640
    -0.7%
  • OTRI.USA
    3.780
    -0.080
    -2.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    10,139.180
    -75.530
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  • TLT.USA
    2.500
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    151.000
    5.000
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American ShipperTrade Compliance

Japan drops age requirement for US beef imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that this expanded access could increase U.S. beef and beef product exports to Japan by as much as $200 million a year. 

   The U.S. Department of Agriculture has secured approval from Japan to allow the import of American products from all U.S. cattle, regardless of age, into that country.
   Age restrictions on cattle had been in place in Japan for U.S. beef products since late 2005, in the aftermath of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or “mad cow” disease, that was discovered in a U.S. cow in 2003.  
   “We are hopeful that Japan’s decision will help lead other markets around the world toward science-based policies,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement.
   The USDA estimates that this expanded access could increase U.S. beef and beef product exports to Japan by as much as $200 million a year. 
   In December 2003, Japan banned U.S. beef and beef products following the detection of a BSE-infected cow  in the U.S. In December 2005, the country restored partial access for U.S. beef muscle cuts and offal from cattle 20 months of age and younger. Japan extended this to include beef and beef products from cattle less than 30 months of age in February 2013. 
    In April 2017, Japan eliminated its age-based BSE testing on domestic Japanese cattle, allowing similar age-based restrictions to be lifted on negligible BSE-risk trading partners, including the United States. 
   “On January 15, 2019, Japan’s Food Safety Commission (FSC) concluded eliminating the age restriction for beef from the United States, Canada and Ireland posed a negligible risk to human health,” USDA said.

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Chris Gillis

Located in the Washington, D.C. area, Chris Gillis primarily reports on regulatory and legislative topics that impact cross-border trade. He joined American Shipper in 1994, shortly after graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in international business and economics.

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