Namibia has begun exporting meat to the United States, becoming the first African country to manage that, after it sent 25 tonnes of beef to Philadelphia.
This follows eighteen years of negotiations with American regulators in regards to safety regulations and logistics. Before the export, though, Namibia sent samples in the past 24 months to U.S. laboratories for tests.
Namibia’s exports will include boneless, raw beef cuts in frozen or chilled form, and will benefit from a duty-free regime under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
With this, therefore, Namibia will export 860 tonnes of various beef cuts in 2020 to the USA, rising to 5,000 tonnes by 2025.
According the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Americans consume, on average, 120 kgs of meat per person, thus making meat exports to the country a prime target.
Namibia already exports meat to Norway, Britain, the European Union and Chinese markets.