Mexico’s Secretary of Economy announced that it is dropping an antidumping case on U.S. pork imports but will initiate a new investigation on imports of U.S. ham and ham products.

The Ministry concluded that although there may have been discriminatory pricing the Mexican industry failed to demonstrate relevant injury findings. The case was initiated in January 2003 at the request of the Mexican pork producers, who claimed that U.S. pork was displacing Mexican pork.

A coalition of the U.S. pork industry, made up of the American Meat Institute, U.S. Meat Export Federation and the National Pork Producers Council, defended the U.S. pork industry’s interests on the injury side of the antidumping petition, while private companies defended themselves on the dumping and pricing side of the case.

The new Mexican antidumping investigation against imports of U.S. ham will cover the period of January- December 2003. The U.S. pork industry must respond to a Mexican Ministry of Economy questionnaire by July 8, 2004 for consideration for a preliminary resolution.

Tariffs on U.S. pork imports were eliminated in 2003 as part of the North American Free Trade Association. Mexican pork producers were not happy with this development and are looking at ways to restrict trade, according to the American Meat Institute.

American Meat Institute