South Korea to Import US Eggs As Country Copes with Bird Flu Outbreak

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As part of measures to ease the country's egg shortfall, Asia's fourth-largest economy temporarily lifted import tariffs on eggs and finalized negotiations with the United States and Spain to clear egg imports.

The first batch of U.S. fresh eggs will arrive in South Korea on Saturday, marking the first import of fresh eggs from the U.S. since 1999.

South Korea's agriculture ministry said in a statement last week that South Korea will import 1,500 tons of fresh eggs before the start of the Lunar New Year holiday season in an effort to prevent prices from spiraling higher amid a worsening shortage caused by the country's biggest-ever bird flu outbreak.

In addition to the fresh egg imports, 695 tons of egg products, such as dried whole eggs and frozen egg yolks, also are set to be imported before and after the holiday season.

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