What's the Background?
Virtually all pork production in India is backyard. There is no significant pork industry in India pushing back against imports. Yet, India does not allow pork from the United States while pork from other nations is allowed. This is egregious given that India is the largest beneficiary recipient nation of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences Program. The United States has a large trade deficit and services deficit with India. It is time for reciprocity in the U.S.-India trade relationship.
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, shipping product to more than 100 countries in any given year. 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. India is the second most populous nation in the world and currently does not allow pork and pork products to be imported from the United States. Access to the Indian market would result in significant benefits for the U.S. pork industry.
What is NPPC's Position?
India should lift its de facto ban on U.S. pork. India should expeditiously accept the science-based veterinary export certificate that was proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture so the United States can ship pork without any restrictions to India.