Is a country open to U.S. pork? Yes, but only from certain states. It wasn't but then it opened and now it closed again. Those are just some of the scenarios that have plagued U.S. pork exports since the Type A H1N1 influenza virus surfaced and was inappropriately attached to pork production and pork products.

Again, there is no Type A H1N1 from U.S. pork or hogs. But  facts are not always the dominant drivers when it comes to closing or opening export markets.

According to USDA data, as reported by Meatingplace.com, here's a look at the latest status:

  • Ecuador lifted its ban on U.S. pork imports.
  • United Arab Emirates lifted its ban on U.S. pork imports.
  • Russia lifted its ban on fresh/frozen and processed poultry meat and beef from animals raised or slaughtered/packaged in South Carolina on or after May 6, 2009, but only heat-treated pork products from South Carolina are allowed.
  • Russia lifted its ban on fresh/frozen and processed poultry meat and beef from animals raised or slaughtered/packaged in Delaware on or after May 9, 2009, but only heat-treated pork from that state are allowed.
  • Russian banned fresh or frozen poultry, pork and beef from Wisconsin, but will allow heat-treated products.
  • Russia banned fresh or frozen pork from Michigan and Washington, but will allow heat-treated pork products.
  • China banned frozen and heat treated pork and pork products derived from swine raised or slaughtered in the State of Montana on or after May 12, 2009. Pork and pork products may not transit this restricted state even if the truck, container, or railcar is sealed.