Guatemala Prepares to Export Livestock to Mexico

The protocol allowing Guatemalan companies to sell live cattle in the neighboring country will come into effect on December 15, 2019.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

After the negotiation process between Mexican and Guatemalan authorities has concluded and the sanitary regulations for the entry of animals have been approved, the Central American country has the green light to start selling live cattle.

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Luis Leal Monterroso, president of the Dairy Chamber of Guatemala, told Prensalibre.com that "... the negotiation with the Mexican authorities lasted one year and one of the results is that the animal will not be able to enter illegally standing cattle, since the animal must have the traceability instruments. Every dispatch must have traceability and the lot that does not have this certification will not be able to enter."

In order for exported animals to be accepted in Mexico, they must pass laboratory controls for bovine brucellosis, as well as tuberculosis, and a battering ram certified by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (Maga) and the Regional International Organization for Agricultural Health (Oirsa) must be placed.

David Orellana, director of Animal Health of Maga, said that "... the export of cattle to Mexico will only be for those who are certified by that ministry, free of brucellosis and tuberculosis. They have to comply with traceability, certificates and upload information on a platform that was created with Oirsa of the animal registry."

According to reports from CentralAmericaData in the first three months of 2019 the main exporter of fresh, chilled and frozen beef in Central America continued to be Nicaragua, with $122 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $22 million, Panama, with $5 million, Honduras, with $4 million and Guatemala, with $2 million.

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