The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Vice President and Counsel for International Affairs Nick Giordano and NPPC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom recently traveled to Peru to meet with government officials and private-sector representatives to discuss issues of mutual interest to the trade relationship between Peru and the United States.

Since the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement entered into force in 2009, U.S. pork exports to the South American country have seen steady growth, with total exports more than $5 million in 2013. Trade barriers remain, however, significantly limiting further export growth in the market.

NPPC has begun working closely with U.S. and Peruvian officials on the removal of unscientific and burdensome trichinae mitigation measures that Peru requires the U.S. pork industry to meet. According to Dr. Ray Gamble, president ex-officio of the International Commission on Trichinellosis, the odds of trichinae in the U.S. commercial pork supply is 1-in-300 million.

The United States and Peru are part of the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trading bloc of 12 Pacific Rim countries.