The Canadian Pork Council was “elated” with a 5-0 ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission that Canadian live hog exports do not harm the U.S. pork industry. CPC president Clare Schlegel stated the CPC expected the ruling and that it was positive not only for Canada, but for hundreds of U.S. producers as well.

The 10.6 percent duty on Canadian hogs entering the United States will cease, perhaps as early as later this month, and a refund will be paid to all affected producers and importers or exporters. The only possibility of delay would be if the U.S. would appeal the decision and put a stay on the duties. That is a very remote possibility, since the ITC voted unanimously, says Schlagel.

CPC spent over $10 million, Canadian, defending the Canadian pork industry in the case, and about $25 million, Canadian, was charged on duties of pigs coming to the United States from Canada.

The Canadians say that there is no backlog of hogs waiting to enter the United States after the duties go away, because you can’t store hogs or delay their marketing. Since so many of the Canadian hogs come to the U.S. as segregated early weaned pigs or feeder pigs, those shipments remained largely unaffected by the duties.

“This trade case has taken a good deal of our time and energy,” says Schlegel. “Now we can get back to making the North American pork industry larger and more successful.”

The world pork market is about 4.4 million tons and the United States and Canada account for about 1.9 million tons of that total, says Schlegel. CPC says they will continue to work with the National Pork Producers Council on issues like animal identification, traceability and market access, to ensure the continued viability of the North American market.

“The U.S. industry has become the largest pork exporter in the world, excluding inter-EU trading,” says Schlegel. “The U.S. pork exports record would not have been able to be achieved without Canadian swine.”

“The evidence and Canadian argument was very compelling, and stated that the current market creates value for U.S. and Canadian pork producers,” says Schlegel. “It was the correct decision and we look forward to continuing to work with our NPPC counterparts.”

Canadian Pork Council news conference