Japan grants full access for Irish and Canadian beef
Canada and Ireland are joining the US in getting full access in the Japanese market for beef coming from cattle older than 30 months. Canada may benefit most from the removal of age restriction for beef thanks to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The free trade agreement involves 11 countries and since December 30, 2018, imports of Canadian beef to Japan have improved. According to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), during the first quarter of 2019 sales volume climbed 100.2% from the previous time last year reaching. In the first three months of this year, 9,826 metric tons of beef was imported from Canada to Japan worth US$51.38 million, an increase in value of 117.4% versus last year.
“The CCA has and will continue to advocate for free and open trade. We were pleased to see the access to Japan attained under CPTPP and are happy to see the market potential grow with new access for cattle (over 30 months of age),” says David Haywood-Farmer, CCA president.
Through the CPTPP, tariffs have dropped from the previous 38.5% rate for Canadian beef to a current level of 27.5% for fresh beef and 26.9% for frozen beef. The tariff rate will continue decreasing and will reach 9% by 2033. US beef is still at a 38.5% tariff rate entering Japan after exiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Ireland doesn't have a big market share in Japan but can also benefit from the recent trade agreement signed between the EU and Japan.
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