The Canadian Pork Council issued the following statement:

The U.S. Commerce Department found on Aug. 17 that the Canadian swine industry farm support payments are fully in compliance with U.S. law and international trade rules. The ruling was a victory for the Canadian swine industry and its U.S. customers and a clear defeat for the National Pork Producers Council, the organization that filed this trade petition.

Recently, NPPC issued a press release complaining about these same payments. NPPC is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. Its press release contains numerous errors such as the assertion that Commerce identified illegal Canadian farm support payments. The U.S. government found no merit in NPPC’s claims that there are illegal subsidies being paid to Canadian hog farmers.

Farm support payments are a fact of life in the U.S., Canada and the global agricultural industry. The result of the recent decision in this trade case is that the U.S. government has found that Canada continues to “do it right,” under U.S. law and the rules of international trade. Furthermore, payments made to Canadian farmers have not harmed the U.S. pork industry.

Canadian hog producers play a vital role in the North American swine industry. Canadian swine exports to the United States offer significant value to independent customers in the United States. Hundreds of American family farmers buy piglets from Canada and raise them for slaughter in the United States. We call on NPPC to recognize that Canadian hogs exported to the U.S. are fairly traded and are not harming the U.S. industry, and to withdraw what has become an unnecessary and counterproductive trade issue between our two countries and that has the potential to harm a significant number of U.S. hog producers and processors.

Canadian Pork Council