The government of Mexico announced that it will terminate the antidumping duty order on live hogs from the United States effective May 26.

“Mexico should never have put the order in place because U.S. producers did not, and will not dump hogs onto the Mexican market,” says National Pork Producers Council president Jon Caspers. “On behalf of U.S. pork producers I want to thank U.S. trade representative Robert Zoellick, USTR chief agriculture negotiator Allen Johnson and USDA secretary Ann Veneman and their respective staff members for keeping up the full court press on Mexico.”

The hog antidumping investigation was initiated in October 1998 and on Oct. 20, 1999 Mexico issued its final resolution and ruled that U.S. imports were being dumped at a rate amounting to 15.9 cents per pound and that the U.S. imports were threatening injury to the Mexican hog industry. These duties have acted as a de facto embargo on U.S. lightweight hog exports to Mexico.

While Caspers welcomed the termination of the antidumping order on hogs, he expressed concern about U.S. pork exports. “Getting the antidumping order on hogs terminated is a positive development, but our biggest concern is with pork,” he says. “Mexico initiated an antidumping investigation of U.S. pork exports on Jan. 7. Our producers have suffered 18 straight months of losses and we simply cannot withstand any restriction whatsoever on our pork exports to Mexico. We hope that Mexico will soon terminate the dumping investigation on pork.”

Mexico is the No.2 export market for U.S. pork, so any disruption in the flow of U.S. pork across the border would be very disruptive.

National Pork Producers Council