October 12, 2016
Mexico has officially expanded access for Canadian beef derived from animals of over thirty months.
The expanded access will allow for open trade in beef, and beef products throughout North America.
Mexico had closed its border to Canadian beef in May 2003 when Canada discovered its first domestic case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The Mexican Government re-opened access to Canadian beef from cattle under-30-months (UTM) of age later that year, but remained closed to beef from older cattle (OTM) and some UTM offal.
Prior to the BSE discovery, Canada was exporting between $270 million to $290 million of beef per year to Mexico, of which approximately 20 to 25 per cent was OTM.
Mexico has still been Canada's third largest export market the past three years. From 2011 to 2015, Canada averaged $136 million in annual beef exports to Mexico.