Frozen beef exports to Japan from Nebraska and other U.S. states have hit a huge obstacle, putting our country at a major trading disadvantage.

Japan is the No. 1 export market for Nebraska beef, with annual sales totaling nearly $900 million. But sales of U.S. frozen beef to that country were so brisk this year that they have triggered a whopping 50 percent tariff.

The multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations gave us enhanced negotiating leverage, but the Trump administration unwisely scuttled it.

Even with our reduced bargaining clout, the U.S. should press on in bilateral talks with Japan to tackle the issue.

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