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Key Topic – Brazil Beef Access

Brazil — In December 2013, APHIS published a proposed rule that would allow imports of chilled and frozen Brazilian beef from states that meet USDA’s requirements for the control of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). On June 29, 2015, APHIS published the final rule in this proceeding, which took effect Sept. 1, 2015. More details are available online.

UPDATE: On Aug. 1, 2016, USDA announced that Brazil is reopening to exports of U.S. beef for the first time since the first U.S. BSE case was confirmed in December 2003. The news release also noted that in a separate decision, FSIS recently determined that the United States can safely import fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from Brazil.

USMEF provided an overview of how these decisions are likely to affect U.S. beef exports and imports in this Export Newsline article.

UPDATE: The FSIS Export Library was recently updated, listing U.S. beef, beef products and beef offals as being eligible for Brazil. An export certificate was also published. In December, some U.S. establishments were added to the eligible plant list for Brazil. Once these plants work through the label registration process for Brazil, they will be able to ship product. We expect the first shipments to arrive in Brazil in early 2017. Demand will be strong for U.S. picanha – the top sirloin cap, or coulotte – USMEF also expects some demand for U.S. livers. Other items of interest for Brazilian buyers include short ribs, chuck flaps, trip tips, strip loin, outside and inside skirts and chuck eye roll.

UPDATE: In the first quarter of 2017, several U.S. beef slaughter plants, processing plants and cold storage facilities were added to the eligible plant list for Brazil. The total number of U.S. facilities listed is now 41.

In late September 2016, six Brazilian plants were cleared to ship chilled and frozen beef to the United States. Frozen Brazilian product began arriving in the U.S. in September 2016 but volumes were small for the first six months. In March 2017, however, the volume jumped to 3,154 mt, more than tripling the previous monthly high of 933 mt in February.