Meat exports: fear among producers due to the regulation of the new scheme for 2022

The Minister of Agriculture, Julián Domínguez, participated in a meeting with technicians from the entities of the Liaison Table, where he presented the draft of the Decree that will be in force as of January 1 and will define how the beef export scheme will be in the 2022, as the current scheme ends at the end of the month.

According to what this medium could know, the Decree would include three articles. The first of them will point out that The export ban on the seven popular cuts remains in force: the roast, the vacuum, the matambre, the skirt, the roast lid and the shoulder. The square, the seventh forbidden cut, would be replaced by the buttock.

The second of the articles, It will be the complete release of exports of preserved cow, corresponding to categories D and E, and also bulls of the same categories. In these cases, until now, the export was through quotas and only the export of about 140,000 preserved cows had been released. The main buyer is China, through thermo-processed products, of animals that have completed their useful reproductive life. To all this, it is added that according to what was agreed in the meeting of December 9 between Domínguez and the Liaison Committee, in April of next year the export of category C cow will be analyzed, based on the results of FMD vaccination.

The meeting of the Government and the Liaison Committee, on December 9, where the announcements of the new export scheme for 2022 were made.
The meeting of the Government and the Liaison Committee, on December 9, where the announcements of the new export scheme for 2022 were made.

In the third of the articles, The Ministry of Agriculture will be granted the authority to manage the export of beef. Until now, this task was shared with the Ministry of Productive Development, in charge of Matias Kulfas. One of the main conditions of Julián Domínguez upon assuming ownership of the agricultural portfolio was precisely this: that the ministry regain powers, which were in charge of other agencies.


For the leaders of the field, these three articles would be all that was agreed in the meeting a few weeks ago with the Minister of Agriculture, where then the official made the corresponding announcements regarding the export scheme for next year. But the fear of the producers is related to the regulations that the Ministry of Agriculture will have to issue to implement the decree. This question today generated a long debate among officials and technicians, who raised some suggestions that the Government promised to study.

Sources of the entities commented to this medium that The main fear that exists is if there will be an export ceiling for this type of “not prohibited” cuts or, finally, Domínguez will fulfill the promise of freeing all exports, except for the seven barbecue cuts. At the time of announcing the new scheme, the official at a press conference said: “free is free”, when explaining the operation of export quotas.

By last, One of the proposals presented by the Ministry of Agriculture was the creation of an Observatory or Advisory Council to follow in detail the evolution of the export scheme. This entire new structure would be made up of officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Liaison Board, the Meat Board, the Institute for the Promotion of Argentine Beef, meat processing plants, and the Association of Exporter Producers (APEA), among other sectors. .

Since last May the Government of Alberto Fernandez implemented a series of intervention measures in the cattle and meat chain, with restrictions on exports, to cause a drop in the price of meat to the consumer. Something that has not been achieved so far, since last November and as reported by the Argentine Beef Promotion Institute (IPCVA), prices increased more than 10% in the Federal Capital and Greater Buenos Aires.


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