Korea says it will resume the importation of U.S. boneless beef from cattle less than 30 months of age. Although the agreement was signed in January, “several months of cooperative effort between our two countries have been necessary, which included two visits by Korean audit teams to confirm the efficacy of the U.S. inspection system,” said USDA Secretary Mike Johanns.

“In 2003, the United States exported more than $814 million worth of beef to Korea, with boneless beef accounting for $449 million.” Trade resumption in boneless beef, said Johanns, is the first step in normalizing trade of beef and beef products with Korea.