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Japan beef exports face downturn over U.S. tariff quotas

Shipments overseas drop 4% in 2022; China market still off-limits

Japanese wagyu is popular overseas, but the country is having trouble exporting it under favorable conditions. (Photo by Masatoshi Ida)

TOKYO -- Japanese beef exports declined last year thanks to U.S. tariff-rate quotas and Chinese import restrictions, issues that threaten to dent Tokyo's push to sell its agricultural and marine products overseas in 2023 and beyond.

The beef exports fell 4% to 52 billion yen ($372 million at current rates) in 2022 for the first drop in two years, even as Japan's overall agricultural, forestry and fishery exports climbed 14.3% to 1.41 trillion yen.

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