[30 August/Farmers Weekly] The significant tariff advantage beef exporters have had over their American rivals in the Japanese market since the start of this year looks likely to be short-lived. Japan’s tariff on beef imported from New Zealand and the other nine countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal was slashed from 38.5% to 26.5% on 30 December last year and will fall to 9% by 2033 through a series of smaller cuts. American producers did not get these gains as President Trump announced that he prefers one-on-one talks. It appears it has paid off as international media reported tariffs on American beef and pork will be brought into line with those on imports from CPTPP countries in return for Trump postponing proposed tariffs on Japanese car imports. Japan also agreed to buy US corn to supplement insect-damaged local crops. These tariff cuts could happen as soon as this year with the agreement expected to be signed off by the end of the month. Despite losing an advantage over their American rivals the tariff changes are unlikely to be a disaster for NZ beef exports to Japan.  NZ is Japan’s fourth largest source of beef imports behind Australia, the US and Canada.