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EU Suspends Fresh/Frozen Beef Imports from Chile

Based on inspections carried out in late February, the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office suspended fresh/frozen beef imports from Chile, effective March 27. Processed beef and other meat products from Chile remain eligible for export to the EU.

Chilean beef is not currently eligible for duty-free treatment under the EU’s high-quality beef (HQB) quota, but Chile has recently applied for access to this quota. The HQB quota’s eligible suppliers presently include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay.

In 2012, EU import data listed Chile as its 8th-largest supplier of frozen/chilled beef in terms of both volume (1,287 mt) and value ($14.9 million). (Source: Global Trade Atlas)