Trade Works for U.S. Pork Producers

The Situation

Trade is critical to the financial well-being of U.S. pork producers. Over the past 10 years, the United States, on average, has been the top exporter of pork 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 for all U.S. pork producers.

NPPC's Position

NPPC supports developing new markets and expanding existing ones for U.S. pork exports through bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) that eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers.

Fast Facts

U.S. exports of pork and pork products have increased by 1,550 percent in value and almost 1,300 percent in volume since 1989 — the year the United States implemented its FTA with Canada — and started opening international markets for value-added agricultural products.

  • More than 110,000 U.S. jobs are dependent on exports
  • Top U.S. pork export markets currently include Japan, Mexico, Canada, China/Hong Kong and South Korea
  • Exports added more than $53 — representing 36 percent of the $149 average value of a hog — to every U.S. hog marketed in 2017
  • U.S. pork exports topped $6.4 billion in 2017

Opening and expanding access to international markets is paramount to the
continued success of the U.S. pork industry.

Additional Resources

Exports Drive Pork Industry Growth (Video)