The Philippine government will provide more market access for pork imports to combat rising pork prices and stabilize supplies. Securing better access to the Philippines market has been a top, long-term priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).
NPPC President Jen Sorensen says, “While we are saddened by the spread of ASF in the Philippines, we appreciate the opportunity to send more high-quality U.S. pork to ease the shortage and the spike in prices.”
Under the announcement, tariffs for imported pork under the increased minimum access volume of 404,210 metric tons would be reduced from 30 percent to five percent for the next three months, and then ten percent thereafter.
The announcement comes on the heels of NPPC’s meeting with the Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. NPPC has been pressing both the U.S. and Philippines governments to lower pork import tariffs since African swine fever outbreaks began in the Philippines.
NPPC says the expanded market access is expected to generate significantly more U.S. pork exports to the country.
(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters)