PARAGUAY - The European Union has lifted the ban placed on Paraguayan beef as a result of a Foot-and-Mouth outbreak in September 2011.
The first shipments are expected in May, as the formal procedure and publication is likely to take 45 days (WBR).
According to Meat and Livestock Australia, before the ban, Paraguayan beef exports to the EU for the 2008-10 period consistently grew.
In 2011 however, exports totalled 3,134 tonnes, down 17.6 per cent on the previous year – due the ban in mid-September. Paraguay’s “Hilton Quota” allocation is 1,000 tonnes/year; however, the quota share will be discussed and modifications may occur.
The re-opening of the EU for Paraguay beef can potentially tempt other markets, such as the Middle East and South Africa, to also lift the ban placed on Paraguayan beef in 2011.
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