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Proposed Rule would Open U.S. Market to Beef Imports from Namibia

FSIS is proposing to add Namibia to the list of countries eligible to export beef to the United States. Details of the proposed rule are available from the Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rule are due Nov. 17.

Namibia has advised FSIS that it intends to export only boneless (not ground) raw beef products to the U.S., such as primal cuts, chuck, blade, and beef trimmings. Namibia is a significant exporter of beef to the European Union, with EU imports from Namibia through July of this year totaling 5,199 metric tons (mt). Nearly 70 percent of this total (3,588 mt) was chilled beef. Namibia’s leading export market is South Africa, which reported imports through July of 8,033 mt – a mix of frozen beef, processed beef and offal.

No U.S. meat or poultry products are currently eligible for export to Namibia.