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Free Trade Agreements

Free trade agreements play a major role in international red meat exports. See tabs below for USMEF summaries and analysis on the impact of U.S. trade agreements for U.S. red meat exports. 


The FTA means:

  • Duty-free access for high quality beef (Choice & Prime) and duties of 30 percent are phased to zero by 2026, over a 15-year period, for all other muscle cuts.

  • Beef variety meat: duties of 15 percent fell to zero immediately for some items, others were phased to zero by 2016.


The FTA means:

  • Duties of 60 percent to 70 percent on most cuts eliminated through duty-free TRQ, starting at 1,600 metric tons.

  • Duties of 15 percent on bacon, cured hams and pig fat eliminated through duty-free TRQ starting at 636 metric tons.

  • Duties of 30% and 15% on prepared/preserved items eliminated through duty-free TRQ starting at 318 metric tons

  • Each TRQ volume increases annually until reaching unlimited duty-free volumes by year 15, which is 2026

The Canada-Panama FTA was implemented in April 2013, with similar terms to the U.S. agreement