Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced that Malaysia will resume imports of U.S. beef and beef products.
Under the agreement announced, the United States will be able to export boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age. U.S. and Malaysian authorities are working to finalize the remaining documentation details so that shipments can begin in the near future.
U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman says, "We now urge the Malaysian government to fully restore U.S. beef exports by further expansion of product coverage and exporter eligibility so that additional types of quality U.S. beef can be enjoyed by Malaysian consumers."
In 2003, the United States exported more than $1.9 million worth of beef and beef products to Malaysia. Following the detection of BSE in December 2003, Malaysia imposed a ban on all U.S. beef and beef products.