NPPC: Pork Is Single Largest Casualty in Trade Disputes

6/7/18 Trade Tensions Discussed at World Pork Expo
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Mexico is the top importer of U.S. pork, and now it’s showing resistance against President Trump’s metal tariffs.

Earlier this week, Mexico announced it would add on a 10 percent tariff on U.S. pork, and will escalate it to 20 percent in early July.

This news is one of the major topics of conversation at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, something Nick Giordano, vice president of global government affairs with National Pork Producers Council, said is “a big problem.”

The pork industry was impacted by 25 percent tariffs from China earlier this year, and since Mexico is the largest market, Giordano said it will be “painful for producers.”

“It’s going to now have a punitive tariff, so when you talk to me as a spokesperson of the U.S. pork industry, you’re talking to the industry that is the single largest casualty in these ongoing trade disputes,” he told AgDay national reporter Betsy Jibben.

Hear his full comments on AgDay above.