US red meat enters the Bolivian market
According to USDA, since mid-June, US meat and meat products produced along with casings derived from livestock slaughtered under inspection in the United States are eligible to enter the Bolivian market.
"All federally inspected plants are eligible for export, but we are seeking information on the specific company and product registration details for Bolivia.
Last year Bolivia reported beef imports of 1,831 metric tons (mt), mainly from Brazil along with small volumes from Argentina. Imports were valued at $2.6 million. Pork imports, which were almost entirely from Brazil, totaled 443 mt valued at about $1 million," informs US Meat Export Federation in a press release.
Bolivia’s imports of sausages, which are mainly from Brazil, totaled more than 5,000 mt in 2016 (valued at $5.7 million, suggesting low-cost poultry sausages might account for most of the trade) but were reported at just 446 mt last year, valued at $474,000. Bolivia also imports prepared beef products from Brazil (1,422 mt in 2019, valued at $1.7 million) and small volumes of prepared pork products.
Most South American suppliers have duty-free access to Bolivia, which is an associate member of the Mercosur trade bloc. U.S. beef, pork and lamb muscle cuts and variety meats entering Bolivia will be subject to a 10% duty rate. The 10% rate also applies to most other red meat products, with the exception of prepared or preserved beef, for which the rate is 20%, and prepared or preserved pork, which is subject to duties of 10% to 20%. Duty rates for poultry also range from 10% to 20%.
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