What's the Background?
Thailand has a number of trade barriers that operate as a de facto ban on U.S. pork exports. It has been unresponsive to calls from the United States to lift the restrictions and, in fact, has continued to ramp up import protections for pork in recent years. The actions have come despite the fact that Thailand receives enormous benefits from the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program on exports to the United States. It is time for reciprocity in the U.S. – Thailand trade relationship. Thailand should expeditiously open its market to U.S. pork.
Why Does it Matter to our Producers?
Thailand’s population is more than 67 million people, and it has a fast-growing tourism industry because of its strategic location near some of the largest markets in the world. It is a central hub for air travel in Asia, leading to a lot of food imported for airline use. There is a fast-growing urban population, with rising disposable incomes, driving up its restaurant industry. The hotel and restaurant sector expanded 14.8 percent in the first nine months of 2016, with 20 percent of the industry being supplied by U.S. exports. Thailand shows great opportunity for the animal agriculture industry, especially for pork.
What is NPPC's Position?
Thailand should eliminate its de facto ban on U.S. pork. All U.S. pork and pork products should be allowed full access.