U.S. trade officals have concluded negotiations with their European Union counterparts involving a compensation package related to the EU's expansion from 15 to 25 member countries. U.S. trade officials and the National Pork Producers Council included a significant compensation package on pork due to lost export sales as a result of EU's expansion.
The EU's pork-tariff-rate quotas are now being raised to account for U.S. pork that was exported to Central and Eastern Europe prior to the EU's growth. Increasing market access for U.S. pork in the EU is a top priority for U.S. pork producers, say NPPC officials.
U.S. trade negotiators have asked NPPC officials to keep the deal's exact terms confidential because the EU continues to negotiate on pork-related issues with other countries.
National Pork Producers Council