What's the Background
China maintains several non-science-based restrictions on pork imports, including: Ractopamine Ban, Prohibition on Bungs and Intestines, Ban on Processed Pork Imports, Discriminatory Value Added Tax and Subsidiary Programs.
Why Does it Matter to our Producers?
The United States over the past 10 years, on average, has been the No. 1 pork exporting country in the world; it is the globe’s lowest cost producer of pork. In any given year, the U.S. pork industry ships product to more than 100 countries. Exports add significantly to the bottom line of all U.S. pork producers, adding more than $50 to the value of each hog marketed in 2016, when $5.9 billion of U.S. pork was exported. China is, by far, the largest producer, consumer and importer of pork in the world. In fact, pork represents 10 percent of the Chinese consumer price index. Despite that, imports represent less than 10 percent of Chinese pork consumption. If the U.S. pork industry could increase that percentage by even half a percent, it would reap tremendous benefits. While there are impediments to U.S. pork exports, the United States sends a significant amount of pork to China. Any disruption in the Chinese market would have severe economic consequences for U.S. pork producers. Pork, more than any U.S. product, has the ability to put a substantial dent in the U.S. trade imbalance with China.
What's NPPC's Position
China has a partial ban on U.S. pork for which there is no science-based reason. NPPC wants full access to the Chinese market for U.S. pork and pork products.