Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Utah Reacts To Japan Raising Tariffs on Frozen Beef Imports

Utah Reacts to Japan’s Tariff Increase on Frozen Beef


Joint News release

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and World Trade Center Utah

July 28, 2017

Contact: Jack Wilbur (801) 538-7098

Cell (801) 243-2801

Jessica Nield,

World Trade Center, Utah

(801) 814-3491



The government of Japan has announced a significant increase in its tariff rate on imports of frozen beef from the United States. The increase, from 38.5 percent to 50 percent, will begin August 1, 2017 and last through March 31, 2018. The tariff will impact ranchers and beef exporters all over the U.S. including Utah. 

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and World Trade Center Utah have issued the following statements regarding the increased tariff:

"I am concerned with the impact this decision will have on Utah's ranchers and our rural communities,” said LuAnn Adams, Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food. “Utah and Japan have had a strong, positive trade relationship but this tariff increase is a setback that will harm both Utahns and the Japanese people.”

“Economies work best when adopting principles of free enterprise and fair trade,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah. “The Japanese tariff on beef imports from the U.S. won’t just be detrimental to Utah companies, but to Japan’s economy as well. Japan is Utah’s seventh largest trading partner and food and kindred products is one of Utah’s top five export categories.”

In 2016 Utah's ranchers and beef processors exported close to $3.5 million in frozen beef products. This year the state was on track to exceed that total, with frozen beef product sales reaching almost $3 million as of this month, according to Euromonitor, an international economic data tracking website.