2015.09.08 13:45

US market opened for Lithuanian meat producers

ELTA2015.09.08 13:45

NATO command centres officially start operating in Lithuania and five other Eastern European countries on Tuesday.

Lithuanian businesses will be able to export meat and meat products to the USA, according to a 31 August regulation prepared by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the US Department of Agriculture.

The permit will officially come into force after 30 October. Companies wishing to export meat to the USA will first of all have to coordinate labelling of their products with the FSIS.

Lithuania has been added to the list of countries that are allowed to export meat and meat products to the USA and also is one of the first member-states of the European Union (EU) to achieve the broadest export permit, which includes the biggest number of kinds of meat and its products.

Lithuania is the first in the EU to be allowed to export goat meat and its products to the USA. Moreover, Lithuania has become the second country in the EU after Ireland which was allowed to export beef to the USA.

Lithuania-USA trade turnover in 2014 accounted for EUR 1.2 billion and, compared to 2013, grew by 24 percent.

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