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No beef, no Mercosur trade deal with EU, says Uruguay

Staff Writer | September 14, 2016
“If beef is not included, there won't be any agreement”, said Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa in anticipation of next week's meeting of European Union and Mercosur coordinators.
Rodolfo Nin Novoa
Trade talks   Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa:
Nin Novoa said that among the goods to be negotiates is beef, which is one of the main products because, “if it does not include beef, there won't be any agreement”.

“So far what we've had with the EU are tentative exploratory exchange of proposals. But next month we will be holding the first formal meeting, the first in over fourteen years” revealed Nin Novoa following a meeting with Uruguay's chair of the Rural Association Ricardo Reilly at the Expo/Prado agricultural show.

“I've told ranchers that if there is no inclusion of beef, there's no deal, that is plain clear” emphasized the minister in reference to Uruguay's position in the mid October negotiation.

During the first eight months of the year, Uruguay's exports of meats, offal and other sub-produce totaled $1.1bn, with China leading with $396 million followed by the EU with $249 million.