The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Foreign Agricultural Service joined the U.S. Meat Export Federation in developing a new list of beef cuts that can be exported to Chile.
Craig Morris, deputy administrator of the USDA Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, said the new list includes U.S. cuts, which are based on USDA standards, and lists them next to their Chilean equivalent. He thinks the new list will allow U.S. producers to send more products to Chile.
The U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement provided market access to 15 million Chilean consumers and duty-free access to all products.
"As Chilean consumers start cooking with more U.S. meat, we hope that some of the new cuts will be added to their grocery lists and menus," Morris wrote in a USDA blog post. "Because Chilean beef cut names are set by law, the United States had to provide the name of each new cut along with the Chilean equivalent when developing the list. This should make it easier for Chilean consumers to see the similarity between the two countries’ products."
Morris said the revised list includes offals, too, which were not on the previous list. Producers may gain from this change, as some parts not used in the U.S. may be exported to Chile.
The revised list of beef cuts can be found by clicking here.