Spencer, IA: (May 30, 2014) – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has joined several other groups in calling on the Obama administration to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations without Japan unless that nation agrees to provide significant market access for the United States.
For pork, that means elimination of Japan’s gate price system and all tariffs. Japan is demanding special treatment for its ag sector, including exempting pork and other “sensitive” products from tariff elimination.
Japan’s Minister of the Economy Akira Amari recently said Japan will not abolish its tariffs in ag sectors it considers “sacred:” dairy, sugar, rice, beef, pork, wheat and barley.
The TPP is a regional negotiation between the U.S. and 11 other countries which, combined, account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP.
NPPC Communications Director Dave Warner says US pork producers want all barriers to US pork eliminated.