No U.S. - Brazil beef deal likely

Brazil/United States
Published:  19 March, 2019

The Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is on his first official visit to the U.S. to seek further economic cooperation between both countries.

Among the issues to be discussed is the possibility of the U.S. re-opening to Brazilian beef exports after it established a ban around two years ago, following the rotten meat scandal. However, sources close to the matter allegedly say that a meat deal with Donald Trump would be highly unlikely due to lack of adequate timing, as well as sanitary screening and regulations.

The U.S. opened to fresh Brazilian beef in 2016 after years of negotiation but suspended imports a few months later after the so-called “Operação Carne Fraca” (literally translated to ‘Weak Meat Operation’), an investigation by Brazil’s Federal Police involving a mix of money laundering, public health and corruption was brought to light. Read more here.

The U.S. is Brazil's second biggest trade partner after China.

Source: Reuters