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USDA International Egg and Poultry

23 October 2013

USDA International Egg and Poultry: ColombiaUSDA International Egg and Poultry: Colombia

The United States (US) and Colombia approved a Trade Promotion Agreement on October 12, 2011, which took effect on May 15, 2012.
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Since then Colombia negotiated and signed a trade agreement with the European Union (EU) and Peru in June 2012. This trade agreement took effect on August 1, 2013. Until all the EU members have ratified the agreement, the trade agreement will only be formally applied provisionally. It is estimated the agreement will save EU and Colombian exporters about US $676 million.

A primary aim of the agreement between the EU, Colombia and Peru is to foster regional integration among Andean countries. The trade agreement is also open for Ecuador and Bolivia to enter into.

Meanwhile, the Customs Union consisting of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, announced in September, 2013 that it has resolved to allow poultry and beef imports from Colombia. Colombia started the process in 2012 with the launch of a meat quality plan.

From 2001 to 2011 Colombia exported chicken meat primarily to Hong Kong, Vietnam, China and Thailand. During this same time frame Venezuela, followed by Ecuador, were primary destinations for Colombia’s shell egg and egg product exports.

A majority of Colombia’s shell egg and egg product imports from 2001-2011 came from North and South America. Even though no country totally dominated Colombia’s shell egg and egg product imports, the US was the most consistent supplier of product for the time frame.

From 2001-2011 the top suppliers of turkey meat to Colombia was Peru with the US and Chile distant seconds. The top suppliers of chicken meat for the same time frame were Ecuador and the US.

Colombia’s total broiler meat consumption for 2013 is estimated to be up 71% since 2003 while total broiler meat production is estimated to be up 65% for the same time frame. US January- July cumulative total broiler meat exports to Colombia have increased 56% from 2003-2013. Meanwhile, from 2003-2013 US other poultry meat January-July cumulative total exports have increased 248%.

US January-July 2013 cumulative total turkey meat exports to Columbia are 94% higher than 2003 for the same time frame. Columbia 2013 egg and egg product cumulative total imports from the US for January-July time frame 16% higher than 2003 for the same period.

Sources: FAOSTAT, FAO Statistics Division 2013, 21 September 2013; The Poultry Site; May 1, 2012, USDA, Livestock, Poultry & Grain, International Egg & Poultry Review; USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service Official USDA PSD Online Estimates; Department of Commerce, US Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics/USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service

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