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US Beef Prices Rise Further in Japan as Emergency Tariff Kicks in

16 August 2017

JAPAN - Wholesale prices for US beef are climbing even higher in Japan, fed by the country's new additional tariff on American frozen beef as well as continued robust demand from restaurants.

Japan's emergency tariff took effect on 1 August, as the nation's quarterly import volume of US frozen beef increased in the April-June period by more than the 17 per cent threshold that triggers this safeguard mechanism.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, wholesale prices of American frozen short plate beef came to around 800 yen ($7.24) per kilogram in mid-August, rising 3 per cent from July. Prices also were up 40 per cent on the year, riding strong demand from the restaurant industry in Japan and abroad.

US beef accounts for around 40 per cent of Japan's import market. Even cheaper varieties of Japanese beef cost almost double that of US imports, and they are not used in eateries serving low-cost meals such as beef bowls.

The higher tariffs have been largely ineffective in protecting Japan's livestock farmers, failing to push retailers and restaurateurs to buy more domestic beef. Edoichi, operator of restaurant chain Stamina-Taro, may source some of its barbecued beef from Australia and Mexico, while adding more pork and chicken. Supermarkets, meanwhile, are thinking about offering fewer discounts.

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