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Mexico partially lifts U.S. poultry import ban

Poultry exports allowed from 14 U.S. states, while a ban remains in place for poultry exports from Indiana.

Jacqui Fatka

April 18, 2016

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Mexico partially lifts U.S. poultry import ban

Mexico’s government has decided to lift its highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)-related bans on poultry exports from 14 U.S. states, while a ban remains in place for poultry exports from Indiana.

In a statement,Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the action is a result of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s "close communications with Mexico to reduce trade restrictions imposed due to HPAI detections in the United States. By persuading other trading partners to enforce regionalized bans that affect only those areas where HPAI was detected and to rely on internationally accepted, science-based standards for trade, USDA has helped preserve billions in U.S. poultry exports.”

In 2015, despite the HPAI outbreak, U.S. poultry and poultry product exports reached $4.6 billion. Mexico has been the largest market for U.S. poultry and poultry products since 2010. In 2015, U.S. exports of poultry and poultry products to Mexico reached $1.2 billion, accounting for 25% of total U.S. shipments, Vilsack said in a statement.

Tom Super, spokesperson for the National Chicken Council, said in an email statement to Feedstuffs, “Mexico is an extremely important market for U.S. chicken exports. The lifting of the bans is welcome news for us and for the Mexican people.”

Sen. John Boozman (R., Ark.) welcomed the news, saying he had led efforts urging the Mexican government to treat Arkansas poultry producers fairly and to lift the ban through meetings with the ambassador of Mexico and USDA officials.

'I'm pleased that Mexico lifted its ban on Arkansas poultry products. It is important that producers in Arkansas are treated fairly, and as a leading producer of poultry, having access to export markets is important to Arkansas' economy. Mexico is an important market for the industry, and I'm excited for the opportunity for Arkansas poultry producers and businesses,' Boozman said.

Mexico banned the import of Arkansas poultry after turkey at a Boone County farm tested positive for avian flu in March 2015. Despite USDA tests showing that the strain no longer exists in the region last year, Mexico wouldn't reverse its ban.

About the Author(s)

Jacqui Fatka

Policy editor, Farm Futures

Jacqui Fatka grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in southwest Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in agriculture education, in 2003. She’s been writing for agricultural audiences ever since. In college, she interned with Wallaces Farmer and cultivated her love of ag policy during an internship with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, working in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Capitol Hill press office. In 2003, she started full time for Farm Progress companies’ state and regional publications as the e-content editor, and became Farm Futures’ policy editor in 2004. A few years later, she began covering grain and biofuels markets for the weekly newspaper Feedstuffs. As the current policy editor for Farm Progress, she covers the ongoing developments in ag policy, trade, regulations and court rulings. Fatka also serves as the interim executive secretary-treasurer for the North American Agricultural Journalists. She lives on a small acreage in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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