Japan May End U.S. Beef Limit

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

U.S. farmers, poised to ship record beef cargoes for a second straight year, may get a further boost as Japan, once their biggest overseas customer, considers easing trade curbs imposed after a disease outbreak.

Sales to Japan may jump 43 percent to 202,100 metric tons, the most since 2003, if the restrictions end in the second quarter, Global AgriTrends, a research company in Denver, estimates.

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