Calgary, AB – Today, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz announced that Japan will implement an amendment to its beef import requirements enabling Canadian beef from cattle aged under-30-months (UTM) to be eligible for shipment to Japan for the first time in a decade.
When the long-awaited amendment comes into effect on Friday, February 1, it will essentially double the number of cattle that are eligible to produce beef for Japan and enable Canada to export on a year-round basis.
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Martin Unrau said the announcement is welcome news that has been a long time coming.
“Japan is an extremely important market and this expanded access will breathe new life into the Canadian beef cattle sector,” Unrau said. “I want to thank Minister Ritz for the priority he has placed on working with the Japanese to deliver this outstanding result for Canadian producers.”