NPPC Applauds U.S.-India Trade Agreement, Providing Market Access to U.S. Pork

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The National Pork Producers Council today celebrated a U.S. trade agreement with India—the second most populous nation in the world– that for the first time includes market access for U.S. pork.

“We thank the Trump administration for negotiating a trade agreement with India, a market that had been closed to U.S. pork,” said David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C. and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “We look forward to rapid implementation of this agreement, which will allow us to provide affordable, wholesome and nutritious U.S. pork products to consumers in India.”

India has a population of 1.26 billion and the potential market opportunity of this trade agreement is significant.

In June, President Trump terminated India’s participation in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which provides developing countries beneficial access to the U.S. market. The Trump administration terminated India’s GSP eligibility because it did not provide equitable and reasonable U.S. access to its markets.

NPPC’s other trade priorities include: getting China to lift its trade retaliation — resulting in tariffs up to 72% — on U.S. pork; rapid implementation of a trade agreement with Japan that will put U.S. pork on a level playing field with its international competitors; and rapid congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement.