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December 20, 2004

Countries to which the U.S. Exports Beef

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture tells us that the top countries for U.S. beef and veal exports in 2003, in millions of dollars, were
 Japan 1166
 Korea 749
Mexico 604
 Canada 321
 Taiwan 70

I came across this kind of number in a student paper and was surprised by Korea's high position. I was struck in my short visit there, though, at how much meat was sold by street vendors and in restaurants compared to in Japan.

That Japan is so high is no surprise. Mexico and Canada are close and trade is free. Europe might show up on the list if it allowed free trade in agricultural goods.

Posted by erasmuse at December 20, 2004 09:26 AM

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Of course, trade in beef with Canada hasn't really been free since one mad cow was found in May of 2003...

Posted by: Eric at December 20, 2004 02:10 PM

That's right-- nor with Japan, the bigger problem. That was what the student's paper was about.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen at December 21, 2004 01:10 PM

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