Trade Facts and Maps


Download a printable version of the Jan. - December 2013 U.S. Beef Exports map 

2013 U.S. Beef Exports

 2012 U.S. Beef Exports   

2011 U.S. Beef Exports 

2010 U.S. Beef Exports 

Key Points

  • Trade allows cattlemen to capitalize on marketing all different parts of the cow to secure a strong profit margin. In fact, trade allows cattlemen to sell cuts to foreign consumers at a premium that are not popular cuts in the United States. In 2013, U.S. beef exports totaled $6.1 billion in sales and accounted for an average of $307 per head.
  • The main obstacles limiting U.S. beef exports have been high import tariffs, age-based restrictions for BSE and other non-tariff trade barriers.
  • NCBA actively supports an aggressive U.S. trade policy that removes all tariff and quota market restrictions and bases all non-tariff standards on internationally sound scientific standards. The consumer should determine demand, not governments with political agendas.
  • One of the greatest hindrances to U.S. beef trade is non-tariff trade barriers. Specifically, U.S. beef is has been subject to non-science based standards in multiple countries for many years. This has been very disruptive for the U.S. beef industry and has caused an enormous amount of damage to U.S. beef trade. According to Cattlefax, a global leader in beef industry research, analysis, and information, the U.S. beef industry lost nearly $22 billion in potential sales through 2010 due to bans/restrictions related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). We cannot afford to perpetuate politically-motivated standards as a justification for public safety.
  • NCBA believes that it is highly beneficial for us to work with fellow beef producers in other countries to address common problems and improve lines of communication to avoid future problems. NCBA is a proud member of the Five Nations Beef Alliance, an international organization that includes the national organizations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States.


NCBA Trade fact sheet

Additional Information

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