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Trump secures deal to sell more US beef to Europe
    2019-08-05  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a deal Friday to sell more American beef to Europe, a modest win for an administration that remains mired in global trade tensions, but he said tariffs on European auto exports remain a possibility.

The European Commission has stressed that any beef deal will not increase overall beef imports and that all the beef coming in would be hormone-free, in line with EU food safety rules. The deal needs European Parliament approval.

“The agreement that we sign today will lower trade barriers in Europe and expand access for American farmers and ranchers,” Trump said at a gathering of European Union officials and cowboy-hatted American ranchers in the White House Roosevelt Room for the announcement.

The agreement was then signed by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Stavros Lambrinidis, the European Union’s ambassador to the United States and EU representative Jani Raappana.

Trump joked that his administration was working with the EU “on a 25 percent tariff on all Mercedes-Benz and BMWs coming into our nation.”

“So, we appreciate — I’m only kidding,” he said to laughter.

But talking to reporters later, he said imposing the tariffs on European autos remained a possibility.

“Auto tariffs are never off the table,” Trump said. “If I don’t get what I want, I’ll have no choice but maybe to do that. But so far they’ve been very good.”

The beef deal could help alleviate some of the damage to the domestic agricultural industry because of tariffs China has imposed on U.S products in reaction for U.S. levies on China.

Trump said in the first year duty-free U.S. beef exports to the EU will increase by 46 percent and over seven years will rise 90 percent further. “In total the duty-free exports will rise from US$150 million to US$420 million, an increase of over 180 percent,” he said.

“The agreement shows us that as partners we can solve problems,” Lambrinidis said.

EU diplomats in June said a deal had been reached to allow the United States a guaranteed share of a 45,000 ton EU quota.

There are 17 U.S. slaughterhouses approved to export beef to Europe, run by companies including Tyson Foods Inc., National Beef Packing Co., Greater Omaha Packing and JBS USA’s Swift Beef Co., according to U.S. Department of Agriculture records.

“Our ability to participate in trade with the EU over the years has been challenged by limitations,” Tyson said. “This agreement provides the opportunity for a more consistent flow of high quality beef product to meet customer and consumer demands.”

Opportunities for U.S. meat producers to export beef to the EU under the quota have been inconsistent as other suppliers such as Australia, Uruguay and Argentina have been approved to ship under the quota. The U.S. beef industry believes spotty access to the market is a reason why more American farmers do not raise their cattle without hormones, which speed up growth. The EU bans beef from cattle treated with synthetic growth hormones.

(SD-Agencies)

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