U.S. Beef Gains Expanded Access to Thailand
In early April 2017, bone-in and boneless beef from cattle of any age became eligible for Thailand, as long as the slaughter date is on or after April 1, 2017. For product derived from cattle slaughtered on or after this date, all USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Export Verification (EV) Program requirements have been removed. More details are available in this USMEF member news article. UPDATE: On June 6, the list of beef items eligible for Thailand was expanded to include fresh/frozen tongue, cheek meat, oxtails, tendons, hanging tenders, inside skirts and outside skirts. UPDATE: Although still a small market, 2017 exports to Thailand increased 50 percent year-over-year to 643 metric tons, while export value climbed 46 percent to $4.3 million.