For The Week Ending August 23, 2013
NPPC ATTENDS MEETINGS ON TPP, SAFEGUARD CASE IN CHILE
NPPC Vice President and Counsel for International Affairs Nick Giordano this week traveled to Chile to attend meetings with Chilean agricultural groups in connection with the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and with a Chilean safeguard investigation of frozen pork imports. Chile initiated the investigation in May on all imported frozen pork, including imports from the United States. Under international trade rules, safeguard measures are temporary emergency actions, such as duty increases, taken against imported products that have caused or threaten to cause serious injury to the importing country’s domestic industry. The Chilean Pork Producers Association alleges that imports have resulted in losses to its industry. A Chilean commission is conducting a 90-day investigation to determine whether safeguard measures should be imposed and, if so, at what rate. All interested parties have an opportunity to present written evidence and arguments and to appear at a hearing on the investigation. NPPC believes that the charges of price distortion are unfounded. While U.S. exports have grown, they remain small and stable in relation to pork consumption and pork production in Chile. In fact, while Chilean pork producers continue to account for more than 95 percent of domestic consumption, Chilean producers have significantly increased their sales in export markets. NPPC is working with its U.S. and Chilean counsel to prepare a strong defense.
VIETNAM DELEGATION HOSTED
NPPC recently hosted a Vietnamese delegation led by Dr. Nguyen Dang Vang, chairman of the Animal Husbandry Association of Vietnam. The four-day trip featured a farm tour hosted by NPPC President-elect Dr. Howard Hill, DVM, and a food safety and animal health roundtable discussion that included experts on veterinary drug approvals, antibiotics and USDA animal disease and food safety research. The delegation trip represents NPPC’s interest in collaborating with Vietnam on issues of mutual interest. NPPC has worked closely with U.S. and Vietnamese government officials to promote the adoption of science-based standards. Vietnam offers great potential for expanding U.S. pork exports. Although Vietnam currently has several non-tariff barriers that restrict U.S. pork imports, progress on eliminating them is being made. Vietnam announced this week that it would lift its ban on “white offal” on Sept. 1. The new import conditions for white offal, however, include additional certification requirements and entry into the country through only three ports. NPPC will continue to work with Vietnam to encourage the adoption of science-based food regulations as part of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations.
NPPC LEGISLATIVE ‘FLY-IN’ SET FOR MID-SEPTEMBER
NPPC will hold its fall Legislative Action Conference Sept. 11-12 in Washington, D.C. The biannual “fly-in” draws from around the country more than 120 pork producers, who lobby their congressional lawmakers on issues of importance to the U.S. pork industry. For more information, contact Gwen Bingham at 202-347-3600.