Costa Rican Meat: Japan Market is now Open

Authorities and livestock breeders highlighted the importance of the re-opening of the Japanese market, closed since August 2008.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

An inspection visit by Japanese experts reviewed ranches, slaughterhouses, packing areas, administrative procedures and even butcher's shops.

From "Japanese consumers demand specific cuts of meat that are not common in Costa Rica for cultural reasons. Additionally, the Japanese market pays way higher prices than other countries, favoring breeders income, in spite of low export volumes".

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Following a lengthy certification process, China has opened up to beef imports from Costa Rica, but farmers say they don’t have enough production.

In a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX) it was announced that "The authorities of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) reported that Costa Rica has been officially included in the list of countries with authorization to export beef to China .... the opening up of China for the export of frozen beef meat is the result of intensive work by the National Animal Health Service, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX) and the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) to achieve compliance with the requirements for signing the SPS protocols that allow access of Costa Rican agricultural products to the Chinese market. "

Panama to Export Beef to Chile

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By mid-year the country will start exporting beef to Chile.

Chilean authorities have authorized the slaughterhouses after verifying Panamanian health standards.

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