Trade is vital to the future of the beef industry. 

Cattlemen and women support open markets and science-based standards in international trade. Every effort should be made to expand export opportunities for U.S. beef, including through trade agreements that address tariff and non-tariff barriers. Trade agreements offer vast potential to increase U.S. sales in key markets, particularly in Asia and South America. 

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, exports account for about $300 per head of fed cattle. The premiums gained through exports of U.S. beef benefit producers in every segment of the supply chain. 

U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement

The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will benefit cattle and beef producers. The agreement keeps duty-free, unrestricted, and science-based trade in place throughout North America and rejects failed policies of the past. NCBA is working with Congress to get the deal passed quickly. 

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Japan Bilateral Trade Deal

Cattlemen and cattlewomen urgently need the Trump Administration to secure a bilateral trade with Japan. Japan is the largest export market for U.S. beef, accounting for nearly $2 billion in sales annually. Without an agreement, U.S. producers risk falling behind major competitors like Australia, who already have a trade agreement in place.

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