Colombia Resumes Imports Of US Poultry Products

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News in Brief:
– Colombia reopens its market for US poultry products after a seven-month hiatus, restoring opportunities for American farmers.
– Collaborative efforts between both governments led to the removal of trade barriers, revitalising trade relations.

After seven months of market closure, Colombia has officially reopened its doors to poultry and egg products from the United States, marking a significant turn for local farmers.

The US Trade Representative announced the revival of trade relations between Colombia and US poultry producers. The hiatus, initiated by the Colombian government last August, halted import permits for American poultry.

Doug McKalip, chief agricultural negotiator, emphasised the Biden-Harris administration’s dedication to fostering fair competition for US agricultural producers worldwide. This reopening not only ensures income for American poultry producers but also bolsters rural communities.

Months of collaboration between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Office of the Trade Representative, and the Colombian Institute of Agriculture have borne fruit. This joint effort has led to the removal of trade barriers, facilitating the resumption of poultry and egg exports.

USDA under secretary, Alexis Taylor, underscored the importance of holding trading partners accountable. Upholding commitments outlined in the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement ensures that the benefits of trade trickle down to local farmers and ranchers.

The department’s relentless efforts to demonstrate the safety of American poultry and egg products played a pivotal role. Collaborative endeavors with Colombian officials underscored that these imports pose no animal health risks.

Before its closure in August 2023, Colombia ranked as the 10th largest market for US poultry, with exports totaling $105 million in 2022. This reopening not only revitalises trade but also offers a lifeline to local farmers, providing them with renewed opportunities for growth and income generation.

Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Gift Ohabughiro has a background in English and Literary Studies from Imo State University. She brings a fresh perspective to the world of agriculture writing. When she's not penning compelling content, she's likely lost in the pages of a thrilling mystery or treating herself to the sinful delight of chocolate.

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