Kuwait lifts beef ban

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Jan 10, 2005
by WLJ
Kuwait became the first country among the four Arab Gulf Cooperation (GCC) countries that banned U.S. beef imports in late 2003, to lift the said ban on all beef imports originating from the U.S., with the exception of Washington state. The Kuwaiti decision on maintaining the import ban on Washington-state results from the country’s Food Safety Committee’s doubts on elimination of the BSE risk in the state.
During 2003, Kuwait imported $32.2 millions worth of U.S. beef products, FOB basis. In 2004, between January and October, U.S. exports fell to $5.9 million. All of the 2004 trade was to the U.S. military personnel stationed in Kuwait. A U.S. trade attache to Kuwait said 2005 U.S. beef exports to Kuwait are expected to go beyond 2003 levels.
The decision by Kuwait should help hasten action by other GCC countries to address the bans remaining in place, the attache said, in a published report.