The pork industry is concerned that new U.S. trade tensions with China could result in retaliation against U.S. farm sectors.
National Pork Producers Spokesman Dave Warner says the Trump Administration is right to deal with countries that discriminate against U.S. exports, just as it will in NAFTA talks starting this month…
“But, we want to make sure that whatever we do to correct the problems doesn’t jeopardize our own exports, and that’s the message that we’ve made clear to the administration.”
China may be considering a retaliatory response, including against U.S. agriculture, if President Trump issue’s a memorandum directing the U.S. Trade Representative to investigate China’s intellectual property and trade practices.
Senate Democrats are also proposing legislation to crack down on trade abuses. Warner says China was the third best customer for U.S. pork last year…
“We sent $1.1 billion of pork to China last year, that was behind Japan, our number one, and Mexico, our number two, so obviously a very important market.
“And the potential for selling pork to China is tremendous.”
The market includes well over a billion people, including a growing middle class that’s moved to a protein diet…
“So, the potential there, and we want to make sure that we continue to have access to that market.”
Farm interests continue to make that point to Congress and the Administration in talks to update NAFTA.