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Import restrictions on U.S. beef imports to be invoked today

  • March 18, 2021
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All national papers took up a GOJ announcement yesterday that it will hike import duties on U.S. beef from the present 25.8% to 38.5% for 30 days beginning on Thursday in response to a surge in shipments over the past 11 months. Sankei said the two governments are expected to hold talks in the near future on the conditions that trigger safeguard restrictions, noting that the U.S. cattle industry has been calling for the mutually agreed-upon criteria to be lowered on the grounds that the safeguard will be invoked every year unless changes are made. The daily added that expanding U.S. access to Japan’s beef market is not high on the agenda of the Biden administration since its trade focus is on resolving disputes with China.

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