NPPC Testifies at USTR Hearing on Thailand’s GSP Eligibility

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

At a U.S. Trade Representative hearing, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) called for Thailand’s preferential access to the U.S. market to be revoked or reduced if it does not end its unwarranted ban on U.S. pork. Thailand is a top beneficiary of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which gives duty-free treatment to certain goods entering the …


Senate Bill Creates Group to Study Trucking Regulations

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork

Legislation introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would revise existing trucking regulations to make the rules more flexible for drivers hauling livestock, according to the National Pork Producers Council. The “Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act” would establish a working group at the Department of Transportation to examine the federal Hours of Service rules and the Electronic Logging Device regulations. The …


Mexico Turning to EU and Others to Replace U.S. Pork Imports

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

Mexico is turning to the European Union and Latin America to offset any potential declines in U.S. pork imports. Mexico recently announced a 20 percent tariff on U.S. pork shoulders and legs starting next month in response to steel and aluminum tariffs placed on Mexico by the Trump administration. Mexican officials told Politico the nation will allow 350,000 tons of …


Livestock Groups Happy with FMD Funding in Farm Bill

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork

The Senate farm bill released last week includes language establishing a vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease, a priority for livestock groups. The House version of the bill includes FMD language, as well. National Pork Producers Council President Jim Heimerl called the language “encouraging,” adding that: “With a vaccine bank, we’ll finally be able to adequately …


APHIS Wildlife Services Conducts First Field Trial of Feral Swine Toxic Bait

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Pork

Plans Modifications to Mitigate Hazards to Non-Target Species USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently conducted the first of two field trials of a sodium nitrite toxic bait on free-roaming feral swine. Feral swine are an invasive species causing extensive and costly damage and disease threats to crops, property, native ecosystems, livestock health, and human health. Feral swine …


FMD Language In Senate Agriculture Panel’s Farm Bill

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council was encouraged that the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry included in its 2018 Farm Bill — the text was released today (June 8, 2018) — language establishing a vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and …


Pork Producers Respond to Mexican Retaliation

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

Mexico levied punitive tariffs – 10 percent effective today (June 5, 2018), escalating to 20 percent on July 5 – on unprocessed pork (not including variety meats) in retaliation for tariffs on its metal exports to the United States. Mexico’s decision follows similar retaliation in early April by China, which imposed additional 25 percent tariffs on U.S. pork, reducing live …