Skip to Content
Resize Text:      A A
Aug 2, 2019

Tester Statement on Deal for Montana Beef Exports to the European Union

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement on the announcement of a deal to open up the European Union (E.U.) to more U.S. beef exports:


“Montana produces some of the finest beef in the world. This deal allows ranchers to sell even more of their high-quality beef in the global marketplace—which will boost production, create jobs, and make it easier to make a living ranching here in Montana. We should always be working to expand markets, not contract them, so all Montana producers can continue to thrive.”


President Trump announced today that the U.S. will now be able to export more beef into the E.U. without paying duties. American ranchers will be able to export more beef annually, phasing up to 35,000 tons of beef in seven years, effectively doubling the current export rate of roughly 16,500 tons a year.

Tester has fought hard to expand access to foreign markets for Montana producers while defending against unfair international trade practices. After Tester testified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on behalf of Montana timber producers, the WTO upheld U.S. sanctions on Canada's unfair trade policy regarding softwood lumber last month. Tester also helped lift China's ban on American beef back in 2017 and successfully secured a ban on Brazilian beef imports following reports that Brazil was exporting rotten beef treated with cancer-causing acid products.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

Home   |   Meet Jon   |   Services   |   Newsroom   |   Legislation   |   Contact   |   Privacy