Last year was a tremendous year for U.S. pork and beef exports to Colombia. Through November of 2017, pork exports to Colombia were up 65 percent year-over-year (to 63,583 metric tons) and valued at just under $150 million (up 66 percent). U.S. beef exports increased 28 percent year-over-year in volume (4,818 metric tons) and 15 percent in value ($14.7 million).
However, as U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Technical Services Manager Cheyenne McEndaffer explains, red meat exports to Colombia still face significant technical barriers. She works regularly with U.S. exporters and Colombian importers to ensure that products are not delayed or rejected upon arrival in Colombia, due to such issues as labeling and documentation, or damaged boxes that may not clear inspection. McEndaffer notes that transportation and infrastructure issues also present obstacles in Colombia, especially for chilled pork and beef.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations.