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U.S., Brazil take steps to cut agricultural trade barriers

FILE PHOTO: Workers cut pork at Park Packing -- one of the Chicago's few remaining slaughterhouses -- in Chicago, Illinois July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Karl Plume

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Brazil have agreed to steps aimed at lowering barriers to agricultural trade, focusing on wheat, pork and beef, the presidents of the two nations said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

Brazil will allow the United States to export 750,000 tons of American wheat with no tariffs, while the two countries agreed to “science-based conditions” to allow the United States to export pork to Brazil, U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said.

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The United States also agreed to send inspectors to Brazil for a “technical visit” to audit Brazil’s beef inspection system so that Brazilian beef exports to the United States could resume, the two leaders said.

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