African Swine Fever in China
media statement that the rapid spread of ASF across China will almost certainly extend into other Asian nations. However, at this point it is difficult to estimate the extent to which ASF will impact China’s pork production or the degree to which it will increase China’s need for imported pork. When asked for comment on this situation, USMEF is very careful not to speculate about such an impact. Our primary message it to emphasize that the U.S. industry is an excellent candidate to help fill any additional need for imported in China, but would be in a much better position to do so if U.S. pork was not subject to an additional 50% retaliatory duty. This makes the duty rate for U.S. pork 62% – more than five times the standard rate of 12% that China assesses on frozen pork from other suppliers. If you receive a media request on the ASF situation in China, please contact Joe Schuele at email@example.com or call him at 303-547-0030 for assistance.