USTR to Review Thailand’s Pork Trade Barriers

In May 2018, USTR announced that it is accepting a petition from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) challenging Thailand’s eligibility for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program. NPPC filed its petition in April 2018, citing a range of import restrictions Thailand imposes on U.S. pork. More details are included in these news releases from USTR and NPPC:

USTR release
NPPC release

In 2017, U.S. pork exports to Thailand totaled just 31 metric tons (mt) valued at about $128,000. Thailand’s total imports last year were 34,607 mt valued at $24.6 million. The European Union supplies the vast majority of Thailand’s imported pork, with most of the product coming from Germany, Italy and Demark.