Japan may reopen its market to US lamb


Japanese regulators are considering reopening its market to US lamb exports, which are currently banned due to concerns with scrapie. Peter Orwick, Executive Director of the American Sheep Industry Association said after Taiwan reopened its market to US lamb, there is also a good chance Japan will lift its ban.

“There are always more market opportunities for the highest end product but it’s taken close to 15 years to get Japan to agree to possibly lift their ban,” he added. He noted that the Japanese market opening is not dependent on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, however, if that is approved it would help lower tariffs.



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