Horeca Test

Chef Cecilia Alfaro conducted a cooking demonstration with U.S. pork ribs served in a Peruvian barbecue sauce, with a side dish of yucca and crispy bacon

USMEF has recently heard from exporters concerned about ractopamine testing in Chile, and has conveyed these concerns to USDA. Chile has adopted the Codex maximum residue levels (MRLs) for ractopamine in beef and pork. Exporters should not be asked to provide testing results when presenting imports for inspection, but regional offices in Chile randomly monitor, at their expense, levels of ractopamine residue in imported shipments from all sources.

Please note that any shipments testing above the Codex MRLs for ractopamine will be rejected. USMEF has also received reports of shipments being improperly detained at certain ports. If any products are detained, the importer should contact the corresponding Seremi de Salud office. Export certification for beef and pork remains the same as currently listed in the FSIS Export Library for Chile.

USMEF will report further on this issue as more information becomes available. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

The Ecuadorean government’s Foreign Trade Committee (Comex) recently announced the imposition of significant import surcharges on a wide range of products, including pork and beef, for a period of 15 months (March 11, 2015 through June 11, 2016).

The surcharges on pork and beef are 45 percent, and are charged in addition to Ecuador’s regular import duties. Comex claims it is taking this action on what it classifies as “lavish goods” in an effort to reduce outflow of currency, citing Ecuador’s steep decline in oil revenues, appreciation of the dollar (which is Ecuador’s official currency) and devaluation of neighboring countries’ currencies as factors driving the decision. More details are available in this USDA GAIN Report.

Ecuador’s import duties, to which the 45 percent surcharge will be added, are 20 percent for chilled/frozen beef and 45 percent for chilled/frozen pork. Duties are 22.5 percent for frozen beef variety meat and 27.5 percent for frozen pork variety meat, but USMEF is seeking clarification on whether import surcharges apply to these items.

Last year U.S. pork/pork variety meat exports to Ecuador totaled 2,433 metric tons (mt) valued at $6.9 million, while beef/beef variety meat exports (which were mostly variety meat) were 1,078 mt valued at $2.4 million. The United States was Ecuador’s second-largest supplier of both products, trailing Chile for pork and Peru for beef. U.S. pork/pvm exports through February 2015 were 343 mt valued at about $900,000, while beef/bvm exports were 99 mt valued at about $250,000.