Japan urged to ease restrictions on US beef

U.S. business leaders called for the lowering of tariffs in Japan as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began trade talks with Japanese officials in Tokyo.

Philip M. Seng, the chief executive of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday that Japan’s tariffs on U.S. beef are “too high,” according to NHK.

Seng said the United States and Japan should soon negotiate a bilateral free trade agreement so beef import tariffs are lowered.

The spokesman for the U.S. beef industry pointed out Japan’s 38.5 percent tariff on beef is one of the world’s highest in major markets.

Source: UPI