The U.S. International Trade Commission voted 6-0 that there is a reasonable indication of injury to U.S. pork producers from unfairly traded hog imports from Canada.

“Unfair Canadian trade practices have resulted in increased Canadian hog exports to the United States, which have negatively impacted prices causing financial harm to U.S. pork producers,” says Jon Caspers, National Pork Producers Council past president.

The affirmative ITC preliminary injury finding paves the way for the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate Canadian pricing and subsidy practices. The Commerce Department will issue a preliminary determination this summer. At that time, Commerce will offset the unfair trade practices it finds by imposing antidumping and/or countervailing duties. The ITC will then conduct a final injury investigation. Final disposition of the case is expected early next year.

NPPC, along with state pork producer organizations and individual U.S. pork producers, filed trade cases against live hogs from Canada on March 5, 2004 and cases were subsequently initiated by Commerce. The cases cover all live hogs from Canada except breeding stock. Pork is not included.

National Pork Producers Council