U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports enjoy duty-free access to Canada through NAFTA, and shipments usually encounter very few obstacles at the Canadian border. But there are still technical and regulatory issues that sometimes obstruct U.S.-Canada meat trade, and Cheyenne McEndaffer, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) technical services manager, is part of an industry team working to further smooth the export process.

This team’s recommended changes to the export requirements for Canada, as listed in the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Export Library, have been developed over the past several months and shared with FSIS, which is working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to harmonize the two countries’ regulations where possible.

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