U.S., Australia compete to supply Japan's beef needs

U.S., Australia compete to supply Japan's beef needs

U.S. and Australia represented roughly 90% of Japan's 2014 beef imports.

Japan is one of the main beef-importing countries and an important market for the U.S. In 2014, it imported nearly $3.5 billion of beef and beef products, making it the third-largest beef importer in the world. The U.S. and Australia are the primary suppliers, and together, they repre­sent roughly 90% of Japan’s 2014 beef imports.

From 2004 to 2006, Japan banned imports of U.S. beef due to the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), instead boosting imports from Austra

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