The first shipment of Brazilian beef has arrived in the U.S., with reports saying the initial shipment is a small one that arrived via an American Airlines flight Sept. 27 in Miami and was alerted by Brazilian Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi in comments to reporters about an Asian trade mission.
The tonnage of the initial shipment was not indicated and GlobalMeatNews.com indicated Brazil beef was also ocean-bound for the U.S. Marfrig was the first Brazilian firm cleared to export beef to the U.S. and the company has linkages to the U.S. firm Keystone Foods.
Marfrig said they shipped their first container of beef to the U.S. just after receiving clearance to start exporting beef to the U.S. earlier this month. The beef in that first container shipment was from its Batagaussu plant in Mato Grosso do Sul, according to reports. Marfrig said it now has another five plants cleared to sell beef the U.S.
“After making the first sea shipment to the U.S. from Brazil, Marfrig has brought its incredible ability to deliver high animal protein on a global scale and support Brazil’s potential to once again become a global leader in the production of cattle,” said Andrew Murchie, CEO of Marfrig’s beef division was quoted by GlobalMeatNews.com as saying.
JBS has also been cleared to ship beef to the U.S., with five of the company’s plants okayed for export and the company was expected to ship beef this past weekend.