Namibia's minister of international relations, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, has confirmed that the country has successfully exported its first batch of red meat to the United States, making it the first African nation to do so.
According to the minister, “the shipment is the first commercial consignment after samples were sent in the past 24 months to US laboratories for tests”.
Exports will include boneless meat and raw beef cuts in frozen or chilled form.
“Last year alone Namibia exported 12 400 metric tonnes of meat to Norway, Britain, the European Union and Chinese markets,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
She confirmed that the exports would benefit from a duty-free regime under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). – Zoë van Rooyen.