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International Beef Alliance – IBA Statement Annual Conference Calgary, 2018

Members of the International Beef Alliance (IBA), comprising the cattle producer organizations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States, met in Calgary from 16-21 September 2018. The membership of the Alliance, which also includes Paraguay, accounts for over 60% of the world’s traded beef. With an increasingly disruptive global trade environment, the Alliance reconfirmed its commitment to trade reform and liberalization, the elimination of tariff and non-tariff trade barriers and the value of facilitating trade.

The membership recognized the importance of the rules-based trading system in creating a more level playing field for traders and in encouraging the harmonization of rules that are transparent, science-based and facilitative. In this respect, the rules-based system has made a significant contribution to the prosperity of the global beef value chain by allowing beef producers to sell their products to the world. Trade also contributes to ensuring that consumers are able to choose from a range of products and price. IBA members agreed to work together and with their respective governments to support the work of international organizations such as the OIE - World Organization for Animal Health, Codex Alimentarius (Codex) and the WTO – World Trade Organization on issues of mutual interest including standard setting and SPS measures - Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement for WTO.

Members also recognized the potential challenges that Brexit may present to the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union’s (EU) trading partners and the considerable uncertainty that may result. IBA members saw Brexit as a potential opportunity for greater trade liberalization and stronger trade relationships. The IBA strongly encourages both the UK and EU to undertake open consultations in good faith with all WTO Members to honor their legal obligations.

Those IBA Members who are also party to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) welcomed Mexico’s early ratification thereof and agreed to work together to encourage other CPTPP members to complete their domestic processes as soon as possible and ideally within the 2018 calendar year. On non-tariff barriers (NTBs), the IBA was unanimous in calling for alleviation of unscientific and unjustified impediments. Members agreed to support an approach on NTBs that recognize their significant distortionary and costly impact on trade and to work collectively, where appropriate, in seeking to remove these NTBs.

In addition to trade, the IBA is an important vehicle for sharing information about the challenges and trends facing the global industry, to ensure that beef remains positioned as a premium and preferred protein. IBA’s Young Beef Leaders presented on alternative proteins focusing their discussion on regulatory issues and product perception. Key conclusions were that alternative proteins need to be regulated and labeled in a truthful manner. Furthermore, as producers we need to enhance our natural protein story.

The IBA reaffirmed the importance of environmental stewardship that helps drive profitability and integrity of beef production. The IBA Membership looks forward to being hosted by Brazil for the 2019 IBA Conference.

About IBA – International Beef Alliance

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IBA - Statement Calgary, 2018 - Español
IBA - Statement Calgary, 2018 - Português

IBA Applauds CPTPP Progress as Trade Ministers Sign Agreement

On March 8, 2018, the Trade Ministers and representatives from the 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries met in Santiago, Chile, to sign the revised agreement now named the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

The IBA applauds this pivotal progress as the CPTPP incorporates the market access provisions of the TPP. The CPTPP members of the IBA will continue to work with their respective governments to support their efforts to bring the new agreement into effect.

As this process moves forward, it is important that international trade agreements benefit all people, including small business owners. Hundreds of thousands of beef producers in the member nations of the IBA are small business owners, trying to make a living for their families by raising cattle.

David Haywood-Farmer, Vice President of IBA member Canadian Cattlemen’s Association was present at the CPTPP signing ceremony in Chile and commented, “International trade is the lifeblood for beef producers, since the value of each animal can only be maximized when every part of the animal can be sold to the market that most values it.” In the face of growing anti-globalisation sentiment internationally, it is timely and welcomed that CPTPP countries have demonstrated commitment to deepening regional trade and integration.

The terms agreed under the CPTPP will either lower or eliminate customs duties on beef products amongst the CPTPP members. For example, beef produced in IBA members Australia, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand will gain preferred entry to Japan at 9% instead of the current 38.5% Most Favoured Nation (MFN) rate.

“Bottom line, bringing the market access terms of the CPTPP into effect will mean more money in the pockets of farmers” said Haywood-Farmer.

The CPTPP will start to come into force once six of the eleven signatories complete their domestic ratification procedures. CPTPP members envision that additional countries could join the agreement. The IBA looks forward to a future when all IBA member countries might participate in the CPTPP.

About IBA – International Beef Alliance

The next annual meeting of the IBA will take place September of 2018 in Canada.

The International Beef Alliance includes the national organizations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States. Together, the Cattle Council of Australia, Associação dos Criadores de Mato Grosso, Associação Nacional dos Confinadores de Brasil, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Asociación Rural de Paraguay, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and National Cattlemen's Beef Association, represent producers from countries that account approximately for 46% of global beef cattle production and 63% of global beef exports.

For more information please access: our About Us page.

Español - IBA - Declaración, Marzo, 2018

Por mais alianças no agronegócio

“O mercado global de carne bovina vive um ambiente de muitos desafios” Márcio Caparroz, diretor-executivo da International Beef Aliance

As estratégias de um jogo são a ferramentas para se chegar à vitória. Essa é uma regra universal e que requer planejamento. No dia a dia, porém, nem sempre elas são devidamente traçadas e aplicadas.

O agronegócio brasileiro passou por um bom tempo de sua história sem dar a devida importância à estratégia, com foco apenas nos desafios da porteira para dentro da propriedade, voltado para aumentar a produção, reduzir os custos e implantar o melhoramento genético. Conquistar e fidelizar mercados, uma tarefa que é de todo o setor, era restrita aos agentes públicos.

O fato é que sobrava para os produtores, que são os principais atores do processo, apenas as imposições políticas, comerciais e ambientais. Mas isso está mudando. O setor vem se organizando em todas as esferas, para impulsionar vendas e garantirconsumidores. E, agora, com uma visão holística de integração da cadeia. Esse é um movimento em ascensão e sem volta.

Alianças estão sendo formadas para superar as barreiras tarifárias e não tarifárias. Um desses exemplos ocorre no setor de proteína animal, em especial na carne bovina. O mercado global desse produto vive um ambiente de muitos desafios.

E é tarefa para as lideranças do setor trabalhar pela sua reforma e pela liberalização do comércio internacional, baseada na produção de carne sustentável e na garantia do atendimento dos anseios dos consumidores em todo o mundo. É por isso que, hoje, há um movimento que reúne os sete principais produtores globais de carne, e ganha força. Fazem parte dele a Austrália, o Brasil, o Canadá, o México, a Nova Zelândia, os Estados Unidos e o Paraguai.

O grande desafio dessa união de produtores é ser protagonista de um movimento que apresente alternativas viáveis para a produção de alimentos, em consonância com a sustentabilidade econômica, ambiental e social.

Daí a necessidade desses países se unirem para traçarem estratégias em busca do fortalecimento de toda cadeia. Barreiras impostas por importadores precisam de uma resposta em bloco. Recentemente, o Brasil atravessou mais um episódio de seu comércio com a Rússia, que ilustra bem esse cenário.

Os russos embargaram a carne brasileira, mais uma vez, como artimanha comercial para negociações de outros produtos. Neste caso, eles buscam ampliar o mercado do trigo no Brasil. Isso não é correto porque não há nenhum problema sanitário que justifique tal medida, demonstrando ser uma barreira não tarifária.

na mesa: barreiras internacionais, que prejudicam o consumo de carne, é um desafio global e não mais um problema isolado em cada mercado produtor

As alianças, como é o caso da International Beef Aliance (IBA), da qual o Brasil faz parte, orientou seus associados para que as entidades de classe levassem aos governos o posicionamento do setor produtivo. É assim que se cria um movimento, um círculo virtuoso de ações para melhorar a transparência do fair trade internacional, ou seja, do comércio justo.

Ações conjuntas que representem algum elo da cadeia da carne, como o varejo, a indústria ou a produção, são importantes. Elas representam um caminho para que todos os produtores possam trocar experiências. São nesses momentos que discussões técnicas e políticas podem tomar forma.

Nos dias atuais, uma das propostas de maior relevâcia, e unânime entre os países produtores de carne, é a busca pelo fortalecimento dos blocos econômicos e como serão os posicionamentos políticos com a saída do Reino Unido da União Europeia. Essa ruptura, se não for devidamente implantada, poderá ter impactos no comércio internacional da carne bovina, caso os dois lados não busquem por orientações da Organização Mundial do Comércio (OMC), para minimizar os reflexos nas relações internacionais.

O Brasil, como um dos maiores atores globais na produção de proteína animal, faz parte dessa discussão e não pode se omitir em momento algum.

Beef Producers Urge Progress at WTO

The Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization is taking place from 10 to 13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

With numerous challenges confronting the global trade environment, members of the International Beef Alliance (IBA) continue to urge Ministers to agree on a path to achieve meaningful trade reforms that lead to liberalization of the global trading environment, while protecting beef producers livelihoods.

In this regard, we strongly encourage Ministers to reduce or eliminate the use of trade-distorting agricultural subsidies (amongst other production and market distorting measures). The use of these domestic subsidies continues to significantly disadvantage efficient agricultural producers.

Furthermore, the use of tariffs, quotas and temporary safeguard tariffs continues to pose barriers to beef trade. The IBA is unanimous in calling for the alleviation of unscientific and unjustified impediments to trade. Such nontariff barriers impose unwarranted costs on value chains.

As this process moves forward, it is important that international trade agreements benefit all people, including small business owners. Hundreds of thousands of beef producers in the member nations of the IBA are small business owners, trying to make a living for their families by raising cattle.

International trade is the lifeblood for beef producers, since the value of each animal can only be maximized when every part of the animal can be sold to the market that most values it. Improved market access under the WTO could enable our producers’ products to gain access to more consumers and put more money in the pockets of producers.

About IBA – International Beef Alliance

The next annual meeting of the IBA will take place September of 2018 in Canada.

The International Beef Alliance includes the national organizations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States. Together, the Cattle Council of Australia, Associação dos Criadores de Mato Grosso, Associação Nacional dos Confinadores de Brasil, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Asociación Rural de Paraguay, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and National Cattlemen's Beef Association, represent producers from countries that account approximately for 46% of global beef cattle production and 63% of global beef exports.

For more information please access: our About Us page.

IBA Statement | Asuncion, Paraguay | October 20th, 2017

Members of the International Beef Alliance (IBA), comprising the cattle producer organizations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, and the United States, met in Paraguay from 15-20 October 2017.

With numerous challenges confronting the global trade environment, the Alliance reconfirmed its commitment to trade reform and liberalization, sustainable beef production and ensuring confidence amongst global beef consumers – principles which are vital to all members (who represent over 60 percent in volume of all global beef trade).

Despite gains secured by various IBA members over recent years, trade in beef remains highly protected globally, primarily through the use of tariffs / quotas and the increasing use of trade restrictive non-tariff barriers.

In this regard, World Trade Organization (WTO) members are strongly encouraged to reduce or eliminate the use of trade distorting agricultural subsidies (amongst other trade enhancing measures) at the forthcoming WTO Ministerial in Argentina in December 2017. The use of these domestic subsidies continues to significantly disadvantage efficient agricultural producers.

Alliance members also reaffirmed their shared interest in ensuring that all regional and bilateral free trade agreements are of high-quality and genuinely liberalize trade. We encourage our respective governments to continue efforts to conclude trade agreements currently under negotiation.

Discussion reflected concern over the unknown effect of the Brexit process on global beef and protein markets. IBA members strongly encourage both the EU and UK to consult jointly with all WTO members during this process. Outcomes which cause trade diversions, distortions and restrictions should be avoided.

On non-tariff barriers (NTB), the IBA was unanimous in calling for alleviation of unscientific and unjustified impediments. Members committed to exchanging insights and working collectively, where appropriate, in removing NTBs which impose unwarranted costs on value chains.

In addition to trade, the IBA is an important vehicle for sharing information about broad policy developments and consumer trends, to ensure that beef remains positioned globally as a premium and preferred protein.

The membership also reinforced the importance of local and global initiatives to ensure sustainable beef production. IBA believes actions taken domestically should improve the environmental and social aspects of their beef production systems and also promote rural economies. Members are committed to explore opportunities for greater collaboration in this area into the future, and safe guard compliance with local legislation.

About IBA – International Beef Alliance

The next annual meeting of the IBA will take place September of 2018 in Canada.

The International Beef Alliance includes the national organizations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States. Together, the Cattle Council of Australia, Associação dos Criadores de Mato Grosso, Associação Nacional dos Confinadores de Brasil, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Asociación Rural de Paraguay, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and National Cattlemen's Beef Association, represent producers from countries that account approximately for 46% of global beef cattle production and 63% of global beef exports.

For more information please access: our About Us page.

Portuguese - IBA - Declaração 2017
Spanish - IBA - Declaración 2017

Successful 2016 IBA Conference in New Zealand!!

Lake Taupo offered a wonderful scenario last October 17-21, when delegates from the seven country member organizations gathered at the International Beef Alliance annual conference.

The program covered a diversity of events that provided an interesting educational experience for the attendees.

A boat ride on the lake and a Maori welcoming ceremony set the stage with an amazing insight of the New Zealand history and culture.  

Visits to three cattle farms around the lake allowed the group to see different production systems with strong focus on sustainability. Mike and Sharon Barton at Glen Emmerth Farm, Barry and Celia Pope at Moerangi and Oraukura Station and John and Catherine Ford at Highlands Station were our friendly and hospitable hosts.

A panel session on the Red Meat Agricultural Profit Partnership took place on Wednesday October 19 featuring George Tatham (B+LNZ), James Parsons (B+LNZ), Tony Egan (Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd.) and Dr. Julie McDade (Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd).
Guest speakers Mike Petersen, New Zealand Special Agricultural trade Envoy, Matthew Costello from Rabobank, Scott Kennedy, Ambassador Chef, and Hon. Nathan Guy, Primary Industries Minister of New Zealand brought a high level of relevance to the Conference.

International Trade, Sustainable Beef Production and Leadership Development were the core topics in the agenda of the General Session, which concluded with important joint statements on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and on Trade Liberalization and Sustainability.

…………..looking forward to the next IBA Conference in Paraguay on October 2017!!


International Beef Alliance (IBA) 2016 Conference – Lake Taupo, New Zealand.

This year International Beef Alliance members will be welcomed to the shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand for the annual conference from October 18-21, 2016.

The program will include two days of farm visits around the Central North Island region prior to the leadership meetings on Thursday and Friday. The field tour will give delegates the opportunity to learn about the challenges facing the New Zealand beef industry and how their farmers are adapting to the operating environment

We are once again expecting to have another group of Young Leaders from the seven countries actively participating as delegates in the Conference.

We look forward to energetic discussions on global trade, markets, sustainable beef production, animal welfare and other issues of mutual concern while strengthening the relationship among member organizations.

 

Historic 2015 Five Nations Beef Alliance Conference!

The 2015 FNBA Conference and Tour took place last October 18-23 in Durango, Durango and in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Ranch visits, Angus national cattle show and CEOs meetings were part of the program the first three days of the week in Durango.

Delegates traveled to Mazatlán, Sinaloa for the General Session on Thursday and Friday. Participants from the five national country members approved unanimously and welcomed as full members the two new countries that had been Observer Members for the last year, ACRIMAT-ASSOCON representing Brazil and Asociación Rural del Paraguay. Their addition motivated the rebranding of the alliance to International Beef Alliance.

  • Matt Tripodi, from Euromonitor, set the stage of the General Session with an interesting presentation on "Global beef markets and its importance in agriculture and food supply".
  • Discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) was a highlight topic on the Trade theme. It was agreed to prepare a media release with the Alliance position.
  • Animal health and well-being and sustainable beef production were in the agenda. Dr. Albrecht Glatzle from Paraguay spoke about sustainability in the tropical livestock production.
  • The Young Leaders group was once again well represented. In addition to representatives from country members, we had a young producer, Federico Piegas and his father Elvio from Uruguay in attendance as invited guests.

Efforts will continue to expand the organization approaching beef producer entities in Uruguay and Colombia.

Before adjourning, the leaders agreed to the following calendar of Annual Conferences:

  • 2016 New Zealand
  • 2017 Paraguay
  • 2018 Canada
  • 2019 Brazil
  • 2020 Australia

Position of IBA on COP21 Climate Change meeting in Paris

The beef industry is actively engaged in reducing environmental footprints, including GHG emissions, through improvements in health programs, sustainable production and innovation.

The International Beef Alliance, previously the Five Nations Beef Alliance, represents beef producers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and The United States. The Alliance represents approximately 48% of beef production in the world.

Sustainable beef production is a high priority for the IBA. At the Alliance's recent annual conference in Mexico, each member described its efforts to improve sustainability of beef production in its country. Sustainable beef production is defined as meeting the growing global demand for beef by balancing environmental responsibility, economic opportunity and social diligence. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is an important part of each country's sustainability efforts.

Continue reading International Beef Alliance Position on COP21 Climate Change Meeting

The Five Nations Beef Alliance had its 2014 Conference and Tour in Texas on October 4-11, hosted by NCBA.

The program included a tour of several cattle operations in south and central Texas and a two day conference. Delegates from the five country members and special guests from Brazil and Paraguay were in attendance.

On February 6, 2014,

Five Nations Beef Alliance issued a press release and joint statement expressing the position of our orginization, with the exception of Mexico, regarding the importance of having a comprehensive and Trans-Pacific partnership agreement.

Five Nations Beef Alliance urges high quality, comprehensive TPP outcomes

Five Nations Beef Alliance held its Annual Conference in Cairns on September 12-13, 2013

Among other important outcomes, a joint document related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was signed (attached).

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

The leaders of the five country organizations discussed global issues of mutual concern such as:

  • Sustainable beef production
  • Animal welfare
  • Increasing production costs
  • International trade liberalization
Press Release

2013 Five Nations Beef Alliance CEOs Meeting

FNBA had a CEOs meeting in Tampa, FL during the NCBA Annual Convention on February 4, 2013. Cattlemen to Cattlemen interviewed some of our members

Minutes

2012 FNBA Conference was held in Banff, Alberta, Canada on September 13 and 14!

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