After many years of negotiations, India is now open to U.S. pork and pork products. On Jan. 10, 2022, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that U.S. pork is now eligible for export to India. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued the following statement:
USMEF greatly appreciates the efforts of USTR and USDA to secure access to India for U.S. pork. This breakthrough comes after lengthy negotiations, and we thank both agencies for their steadfast work on this issue.
USMEF’s international staff conducted market research in India in recent years and the industry contacts developed at that time are excited for the opportunity to import U.S. pork and pork products. While the volumes of imported pork currently entering India are quite small, USMEF sees long-term potential in the retail, processing and foodservice sectors, as well as emerging opportunities in e-commerce.
Exporters interested in shipping to India should review the production, handling and sanitary requirements now outlined in the FSIS Export Library. For questions, please contact Travis Arp.