Paraguayan government wants no more red tape from US on beef exports

Updated Mar 16, 2023
Paraguayan authorities insisted this week before the US Embassy that there were no sanitary impediments for the northern country to welcome beef shipments from the South American nation, only red tape was hindering progress in that regard.
President Mario Abdo Benítez and other officials conveyed to US Ambassador Marc Ostfield the urgency to add meat cuts to the current bilateral trade during a meeting Tuesday in Mburuvicha Róga. Also attending the event were Ministers Julio Arriola (Foreign Affairs) and Óscar Llamosas (Finance) as well as José Carlos Martin, head of the National Service of Animal Quality and Health (Senacsa), and Cabinet Chief Hernán Huttemann. The hosting delegation also recalled that Paraguay has already passed the sanitation and innocuousness tests. “Now the process is in the hands of the United States, which has to carry out a public hearing, which takes approximately 60 days to issue a verdict,” Arriola explained. Behind this approval are also markets such as Canada, Japan, and South Korea. The Paraguayan government stressed the importance of speeding up the procedures so that meat exports to the world's second-largest buyer behind China may start at the earliest time possible. Huttemann ...
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