Beef: Export Alternatives to the U.S.

Because Panama lacks the certifications required by the U.S. country, authorities of that country are analyzing the possibility of exporting through certification in a laboratory in Honduras.

Monday, February 17, 2020

According to the authorities of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), the U.S. authorities agree that Panama should certify the quality of the meat through analysis by Honduran laboratories.

You may be interested in "Beef Meat: Regional Sales up to March 2019" reviews that "... The logistic terms for the shipment and reception of the samples, which would be assumed by the exporters, are about to be defined. Augusto Valderrama, Minister of Agricultural Development, reported that U.S. authorities authorized a reference laboratory in Honduras to perform the required analyses for meat exports to that country."

Valderrama added that "... it will not be long before MIDA laboratories finally have the equipment and reagents needed to meet U.S. requirements." In the meantime, they will have to certify the quality of the product abroad."

The United States has blocked the entry of Panamanian beef for more than 37 years because of the lack of guarantees for its phytosanitary standards.

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