Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that U.S. producers are now eligible to ship a larger array of U.S. beef and beef products to Chile. The market opening in Chile follows months of bilateral meetings between officials from the Chilean government, USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
President Obama recently visited Chile to meet with Chilean leaders to discuss how the United States can create jobs in America by deepening our economic relationship and expanding exports to South America.
“Expanding our market for U.S. beef exports to Chile is an important advance,” said Kirk. “Having just attended the meetings between President Obama and President Pinera in Chile, I know how vibrant and deep our trade relationship is. The commitment of Chile and the United States to work together to promote science-based trade rules while providing our consumers with safe and wholesome foods is a win-win for both countries.”
The United States exported approximately $6.2 million in beef and beef products to Chile in 2010. Worldwide, the United States exported nearly $4.1 billion of beef and beef products in calendar year 2010, up 32 percent from 2009. Currently, more than 100 markets are open to U.S. beef.