Imported beef in Japan diversifies with start of Trans-Pacific Partnership
Topics: JAPAN BEEF IMPORT
Products from Canada and New Zealand have been increasing, and “new forces” from South America have appeared after bans on imports from those countries were removed.
Up to now, the United States and Australia almost exclusively dominated beef imports into Japan, accounting for 90 percent of the total.
But the grip of the “Big 2” is being loosened by Canada and New Zealand, which saw their prices go down after tariffs on their beef dropped from 38.5 percent to 26.6 percent starting in April, after the TPP took effect at the end of last year.
Canadian beef is regarded as similar in terms of quality to that of the United States, which Japanese consumers prefer.
According to trade statistics of the Finance Ministry, the import volume in January-June this year was 17,303 tons, up 93 percent from the same period last year.
Imports of New Zealand beef, known for its high lean content, rose 46 percent to 10,097 tons. ■