Members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Taiwan’s Ambassador to the U.S. asking for the removal of import restrictions on American agricultural products, including pork. The bipartisan letter was signed by 44 House members and sponsored by Republican David Young of Iowa and Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind. The letter calls for the U.S. to suspend trade benefits enjoyed by Thailand if it doesn’t grant reciprocal access to American goods.
Jim Heimerl, National Pork Producers President, says it’s time for Thailand to end its unwarranted ban on U.S. pork. “We thank Representatives Young and Kind for leading this call to action on behalf of America’s pork producers and other farmers,” he says.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative agreed with the NPPC request to review Thailand’s eligibility for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences program because of that country’s failure to provide access to its market for U.S. products, which includes pork.
The NPPC is asking the Trump Administration to reduce or eliminate the benefits Thailand receives under the program, which gives duty-free access to certain goods entering the United States. The program allows the U.S. to remove market access for other countries that don’t provide the U.S. “equitable and reasonable access” to its market.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.