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USMEF's Dan Halstrom Says The Trump Administration Has Been a Good Period For U.S. Meat Exports
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:18:51 CST
As the Trump Administration begins the transition to President-elect Joe Biden, a review of U.S. meat exports during the Trump years is in order. Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation said it's been a good period for U.S. meat producers.
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I think number one the gains made for beef and pork are very good, Halstrom said.
Halstrom lists the Japan-U.S. trade agreement implemented Jan. 1, 2020, the EU zero-duty beef quota agreement, the USMCA trade agreement and the China phase one deal in March of this year as key examples of positive gains.
Beef started from a low base, but the percentage growth has been huge between March and September of this year, he said.
Other things in the hopper include the UK-U.S. discussions and the Kenya-U.S. trade agreement which we really think is a major opportunity for the future, he said.
Regarding the new administration, Halstrom said the concerns are the unknown as anymore there are so many moving parts globally.
I think we are well position as the supply and demand dynamics are favorable for growth, he said.
I think the transition will be smooth and positive, Halstrom said.
Looking ahead to 2021 Halstrom expects a good year.
The good news is people are still consuming globally, he said.
We have robust supplies now for beef and pork and with good demand, we're forecasting new export records in 2021, Halstrom said.
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