The National Pork Producers Council today welcomed the implementation of Australia’s Import Risk Analysis on pork. This risk assessment provides access for processed U.S. pork or frozen unprocessed U.S. pork to be exported to Australia for further processing.

Still, the Australian risk assessment limits U.S. pork product imports to Australia's processed pork market.  However, NPPC President Keith Berry says, “This is great news for America’s pork producers.” says NPPC President Keith Berry. “There is significant potential in Australia for U.S. pork exports, which is why NPPC has been working to obtain access to this market.”

Berry, a pork producer from Greencastle, Ind., says that U.S. pork producers are
leaving the rest of the Australian risk assessment battle for a different day.  He notes that even with the country's unjustified import restrictions, Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes has estimated that U.S. pork exports to Australia could exceed $50 million annually.