International Trade

Exports add significantly to the bottom line of each U.S. pork producer. U.S. exports of pork and pork products totaled 2.26 million metric tons in 2011, representing about 27 percent of production and adding almost $56 to the value for each hog marketed. In 2012, U.S. pork exports were valued at a record-breaking $6.3 billion, up from $394 million in 1989 when the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement was implemented. Gaining and expanding access to markets through free trade agreements and is paramount to the continued success of the U.S. pork industry.

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