Brazil minister says U.S. ‘gesture’ on beef imports insufficient

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© Reuters. An employee works at the assembly line of jerked beef at a plant of JBS S.A, the world's largest beef producer, in Santana de Parnaiba© Reuters. An employee works at the assembly line of jerked beef at a plant of JBS S.A, the world’s largest beef producer, in Santana de Parnaiba

(Reuters) – ’s farm minister said on Wednesday that the U.S. agreement to conduct further inspections on the country’s meatpacking system is a step toward reopening the U.S. market to fresh Brazilian beef, but is not sufficient.

Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias joined Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro this week on a visit to Washington, resulting in Brazil announcing a tariff-free quota for wheat imports and steps toward allowing U.S. pork imports.

A move by the toward an inspection system for Brazil’s fresh beef producers is a “gesture” of goodwill, but is not really a concession and not on its own sufficient, Dias said in an interview with Reuters.

The two countries discussed a number of agricultural access issues, with Brazil agreeing to issue tariff-free access to global wheat exporters, including the United States.

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“We believe (the quota) will be very important for the United States because the U.S. is very competitive, but it is open” to other exporters, Dias said in an interview with Reuters.

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