Ministry lowers beef tariffs

Israel imports 48% of its meat from Argentina, totaling 30,000 tons a year. It also brings in meat from Brazil and Uruguay.

The Agriculture Ministry said Sunday it will lighten regulations regarding the import of young calves, following a decision by the Government of Argentina to discontinue exporting cattle after discovering cases of Foot and Mouth Disease. Under the new regulations calves weighing up to 350 kg. can be brought into the country without import taxes, instead of the previous 280 kg. limit. That will ensure that more meat can come into the country cheaply, moderating meat prices which have risen 30 over the past two years. Israel imports 48% of its meat from Argentina, totaling 30,000 tons a year. It also brings in meat from Brazil and Uruguay.