The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today announced that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) office has agreed to its request that it review Thailand’s eligibility for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. NPPC says Thailand should not quality since the country does not give the U.S. access to its market, especially where pork is concerned.
The GSP program gives duty-free treatment to certain goods entering the United States, but that privilege is supposed to be revoked if the country fails to provide the U.S. “equitable and reasonable access” to its market.
NPPC explains that “despite the United States being Thailand’s No. 1 export market, with almost $4 billion of products annually sent to America under the GSP, the southeast Asian nation has a de facto ban on U.S. pork imports through high tariffs and several non-tariffs barriers… Among its non-tariff restrictions, Thailand does not accept uncooked pork and pork offal from the United States, and it rarely, if ever, grants import licenses for U.S. pork. Even if such permits are granted, Thailand imposes a fee for imported pork currently equal to about $220 per metric ton compared with $7.50 per metric ton for domestically produced pork.