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USMEF Hosts Beef Launch Seminar in Ecuador

Published: Apr 16, 2014

USMEF-South America will host two U.S. beef introductory seminars and receptions later this month to familiarize Ecuadorean importers with U.S. beef and suppliers. The seminars will be produced with support from the Texas Beef Council.

The Ecuadorean market is now officially open for U.S. beef for the first time since 2003 and will accept beef from animals of all ages (with some restrictions regarding Canadian cattle brought to the U.S. for processing).

The seminars will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at the Swissotel-La Floresta in Quito, and on Tuesday, April 29, in Guayaquil at the Hilton Hotel (Avenida Francisco de Orellana).

U.S. beef exporters interested in participating in the program and meeting Ecuadorean importers are invited to RSVP to Jessica Julca, USMEF-South America representative, at

According to the Global Trade Atlas, Ecuador imported 1,006 metric tons (2.2 million pounds) of beef last year at a value of $4.5 million – down about 10 percent from 2012. Chile was Ecuador’s leading beef supplier, followed by Uruguay.

In addition to providing high-quality beef cuts for Ecuador’s hotel, restaurant and cruise ship sectors, USMEF expects U.S. exporters will find success with variety meat items such as beef tripe and livers.