The sixth round of negotiations between the United States and the European Union on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place July 14-18 in Brussels, Belgium.

The discussions ended with no major breakthroughs. While the EU is willing to eliminate tariffs on nearly all goods, it announced publicly it was unwilling to eliminate them on beef, poultry and pork. Additionally, EU Trade Minister Karl De Gucht stated that the EU will not change its legislation on beef hormones and the feed additive ractopamine, which is used in beef and pork production.

NPPC’s position is that tariffs and non-tariff barriers should be eliminated on all products, including pork. The elimination of EU tariffs and non-tariff measures are reasonable requests and are consistent with previously concluded U.S. free trade agreements.

The EU is the second largest market in the world for pork consumption and represents a tremendous market opportunity for U.S. pork exports. Yet, the United States exports more pork to Honduras than to the 28 nations of the EU.

Removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade would significantly increase U.S. pork exports to the EU, creating more than 17,000 U.S. jobs, according to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes.

The seventh round of negotiations has yet to be scheduled.