With an end-of-the-month deadline looming, the National Pork Producers Council is urging Congress and the Bush Administration to push for an ambitious deal for
The Administration must notify Congress by March 31, of its intent to sign a free-trade agreement with
In a statement submitted the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, which held a hearing on the ongoing trade negotiations between the United States and South Korea, NPPC officials pointed out that although the Asian nation is the fourth largest export market for U.S. pork, a free-trade agreement between South Korea and Chile could put America’s pork industry at a competitive disadvantage.
Korean import tariffs on many pork products supplied by
“South Korea is an important export market for U.S. pork producers, but further growth is imperiled by increased South Korean imports of Chilean pork,” says NPPC President Jill Appell, a pork producer from Altona, Ill. “The United States must step up to the plate and deliver aggressive tariff cuts on all U.S. pork and pork products.”
Last February, the United States entered trade negotiations with
Source: National Pork Producers Council