US Beef Imports Increase from Mexico

MEXICO - US beef imports from Mexico have at least doubled in each of the last two years, continuing an upward trend that began in 2003.
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Beef imports from Mexico in 2010 totaled 107 million pounds, making Mexico the fifth largest exporter of beef to the United States. Through November 2011, imports of beef from Mexico increased by 46 per cent over the same period in 2010.

The majority of beef shipments to the US from Mexico is processing beef, which is mixed with trim for grinding in the US.

There are two reasons for the increasing exports of Mexican beef to the US since 2003.

The number of Mexican Tipo Inspección Federal (TIF) plants (federally inspected slaughter plants meeting standards similar to those in the United States) has increased, as had the amount of grain fed beef in Mexico.

An increase in TIF processing capacity, changes in beef demand in Mexico and the increase in Mexican grain-fed cattle for slaughter are resulting in a greater supply of beef available and of interest to the US import market.

The Mexican beef industry continues to improve infrastructure and marketing channels but still faces challenges in competing for inputs, feed sources, and forage and land availability from domestic crop production.

Mexico has the potential to keep growing as a supplier of beef to the United States as the changes in demand, cattle feeding, and slaughter in recent years are sustained.

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