USA, Washington, D.C. From an enomous decrease of beef and beef product exports after the appearance of BSE in 2003, USA managed to be back as a successful exporter until now. USDA summarised the development.
In 2015, U.S. beef production fell to the lowest level since 1993. A strong dollar has also dampened foreign demand for U.S. beef. These factors have contributed to recent volume declines in U.S. beef exports but longer-term forecasts are positive. Expanding production and declining wholesale beef prices will drive shipments higher, but a strong dollar remains a constraint. Global beef demand is expected to strengthen along with a pickup in global economic growth. U.S. beef exports are forecast to rise to $5.3 bn. (0.8 mill. tons) in FY 2017, up from $5.2 bn. in FY 2016, with additional gains in sales of beef products expected as well. This is well above the value of 2003 exports and marginally below on volume.
USDA has worked to eliminate BSE-related restrictions in 16 countries since January 2015, gaining additional market access for U.S. beef in Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guatemala, Iraq, Lebanon, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Singapore, South Africa, Ukraine, Vietnam and Brazil. Due to extensive work by USDA, in May 2013 the OIE upgraded the United States to negligible risk status for BSE, and USDA has aggressively used this status to reopen or expand markets for beef. The Authority continues work to remove all remaining BSE-related restrictions on beef to overseas markets, such as China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Australia.