What's the Background?
Currently, fresh, frozen and processed U.S. pork are ineligible to be shipped to Brazil because of unscientific mitigation requirements and other sanitary issues not based on science. Also, Brazil does not recognize the U.S. plant inspection and approval system for pork, instead insisting on a plant-by-plant approval process. The United States operates a world-class plant inspection and approval system, and the country is confident that its system can meet Brazil’s “appropriate level of protection” for pork. The U.S. government has submitted to the Brazilian government a Veterinary Export Certificate for U.S. pork products and currently is awaiting Brazil’s response.
Why Does it Matter to our Producers?
The United States over the past 11 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 110 countries. Exports add significantly to the bottom line of all U.S. pork producers, adding more than $53 to the value of each hog marketed in 2017, when $6.48 billion of U.S. pork was exported. Brazil has a population of more than 207 million people and a per capita income of $8,649 – higher than Mexico’s, the U.S. pork industry’s largest export market in volume terms. In addition, pork consumption in Brazil has nearly doubled in the last 20 years to 11.8 kg/person (26 lb). – per person.
What's NPPC's Position
Brazil has a de facto ban on U.S. pork that must be eliminated. There is no science-based reason for such a ban. NPPC supports opening the Brazilian market to allow fresh, frozen and processed U.S. pork to be shipped to Latin America’s largest economy.