International Trade: Why It’s Important to U.S. Pork Producers

Dan Exports/Imports, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork, Trade

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May is World Trade Month, and in honor of that, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is highlighting the important role international trade plays for U.S. pork farmers and the U.S. economy.

“U.S. pork farmers have built a global reputation for providing domestic and foreign markets with high-quality, safe, and affordable pork products,” said Lori Stevermer, NPPC’s President-elect and pork producer from MN. “To grow exports and support high-paying jobs in rural communities, the United States must open new and expand existing markets through trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements, and market access deals.”

NPPC notes how vital exports are to the U.S. pork industry. In 2022:

  • The U.S. exported $7.6 billion worth of pork to more than 100 foreign destinations.
  • Exports account for more than $61 in value for each hog marketed annually in the United States.
  • U.S. exports support more than 155,000 U.S. jobs supported and contribute over $14.5 billion to the U.S. economy.

NPPC advocates for the social, environmental and economic sustainability of U.S. pork producers and their partners by supporting reasonable public policies allowing them to export pork products globally. NPPC works to safeguard existing markets and for greater market access to high-quality, affordable pork products for consumers through trade agreements and trade initiatives that eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. pork exports.

To learn more about NPPC’s take on trade priorities, go to: