This week Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture approved a decree allowing beef imports from areas not currently free of vesicular stomatitis (VS). The decree had to be approved before the Directorate General of Livestock Animal Health Services (DGLAHS) could move forward with import recommendations for the current quarter.
The situation had created growing concern among Indonesian importers, because any further delay could have prevented them from receiving DGLAHS’s import recommendations before the quarterly import application process closed at the end of this month. Exporters serving Indonesia may email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.
The United States has had an unusually high number of VS cases this year – primarily in horses located in Texas and Colorado, but also some cases involving cattle, swine and goats. Other than the situation in Indonesia, VS has not been an obstacle for U.S. meat exports. However, USMEF continues to monitor import regulations for any changes related to VS.