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COMECARNE to Hold Educational Sessions for Meat, Poultry Trade

06 June 2013

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

MEXICO - The Consejo Mexicano de la Carne (COMECARNE) is organizing a series of 2-day workshops in several Mexican cities to improve the awareness and understanding of the process and inspection procedures for meat and poultry products imported into Mexico from the United States and other countries. USDA staff as well as two USDA Cooperator organizations will be speaking at these events along with Mexican and Canadian officials and industry organizations.

COMECARNE has picked a number of ports-of-entry that see high volumes of meat and poultry product trade for a series of workshops on the process and inspection procedures for products entering Mexico. The workshops have a several year track record and bring in a large number of participants. In 2013, COMECARNE will hold the following workshops:

11-12 June 2013: Colombia, Nuevo León, Mexico
13-14 June 2013: Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico
9-10 July 2013: Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
30-31 July 2013: Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
6-7 August 2013: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
8-9 August 2013: Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
24-25 September 2013: Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
25 October 2013: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

With the exception of Manzanillo and Mexico City, these ports-of-entry are the top locations where US red meats (prepared and preserved or fresh/chilled/frozen) and poultry meat enter the country (see trade tables, below). Using USDA’s definition of prepared and preserved red meats, Mexico imported 75,452 metric tons (MT) from the world in 2012 with 69,421 MT originating from the United States. This amounted to US $297.4 million and US $264.3 million in imports; respectively. Similarly, using USDA’s definition of fresh, chilled, frozen red meats, Mexico imported 920,326 MT from the world in 2012 with 818,961 originating from the United States. This amounted to US $2.3 billion and US $2.0 billion; respectively. Finally, using USDA’s definition of poultry meat, Mexico imported 761,938 MT from the world in 2012 with 744,264 MT originating from the United States. This amounted to US $1.09 billion and US $1.04 billion; respectively.

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) presentation for these workshops is titled Agencies and Procedures for the Certification of US Meat Products Exported to Mexico. Due to dynamic trade flows and continual refinements to regulations, however, the presentations will be geared towards offering inspectors and commercial interests participating in the seminars an opportunity to receive updated information from USDA. The desired outcome of these seminars is to put all audience members in a better position to apply appropriate criteria when evaluating shipments and documentation so as to facilitate the trade of meat and poultry between the United States and Mexico.

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