For the Week Ending February 20, 2009

February 20, 2009

Washington, February 20, 2009 
RECORD U.S. PORK EXPORTS IN 2008

U.S. pork exports set a record for the 17th consecutive year in 2008. Data released recently by the U.S. government show that nearly 4.4 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats worth $4.9 billion were exported last year. Those numbers represent 57 and 55 percent increases, respectively, over 2007. Japan continued to be the No. 1 destination for U.S. pork, with China, Mexico, Russia, Canada and South Korea following. Sales to China (including Hong Kong) soared by 155 percent over 2007, and U.S. pork exported to Russia rose by 130 percent. The rapid growth of pork exports since the early 1990s has been prompted in large part by free trade deals, such as China’s ascension to the World Trade Organization and the 2005 U.S.-Russia Meat Agreement, according to NPPC, which works closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to get favorable treatment for pork products. NPPC is continuing to urge Congress to approve pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, which combined would add nearly $12 to the price producers receive for each hog marketed. It also is working to preserve trade in existing markets such as Mexico, Russia, and the Philippines.

WHAT’S AHEAD

NPPC, NATIONAL PORK BOARD ANNUAL MEETING MARCH 5-7

NPPC and the National Pork Board will hold their 2009 annual meeting March 5-7 in Dallas. For more information on the meeting, call (515) 278-8012. Media inquiries should be directed to Dave Warner at (202) 347-3600; for media registration, visit http://www.pork.org/documents/News/2009MediaForumRegForm.pdf.