What's the Background
U.S. trade actions to limit Chinese imports could inadvertently spark retaliation against pork and other U.S. exports. The Chinese recently launched an anti-dumping investigation on U.S. sorghum imports, which is widely viewed as a retaliatory measure in response to U.S. actions on aluminum, solar panels and washing machines. Recent press reports indicate that China is considering similar action against U.S. soybean exports. A number of U.S. actions under consideration could jeopardize pork and other U.S. exports to China, including:
• Section 232: Invoking national security concerns to limit steel and aluminum imports could lead China to impose similar restrictions on pork, a product that is sensitive in China.
• Section 301: Investigating Chinese practices and policies related to forced technology transfer, unfair licensing and intellectual property rights. Unilateral tariff measures imposed by the United States on Chinese exports without World Trade Organization authorization would likely result in retaliation against many U.S. exports.
Why Does it Matter to our Producers?
China is the largest producer, consumer and importer of pork in the world. The United States sends a very significant amount of pork to China. Any disruption in exports to China would have severe economic consequences for U.S. pork producers.
What's NPPC's Position
NPPC urges the administration and Congress to be mindful of the impact on pork and other U.S. exports when considering trade actions against China.