WTO collapse leaves pork council frustrated
The US National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) expressed
frustration at the collapse of the talks between the trade ministers from the
USA, EU, Brazil and India.
The trade talks fell apart last week in
"While we are frustrated by the current impasse in
the Doha negotiations, we applaud our trade negotiators who have been working
hard to achieve a successful conclusion to the Doha Round" said Jill Appell,
NPPC president.Pay the price
"Some of our trading partners
apparently believe that the United States will pay any price to achieve a trade
deal. Like last July, our trade negotiators again have demonstrated that they
will not just take any trade deal. It is up to our trading partners; if they
want a successful outcome to the Round, they must provide meaningful new market
access in agriculture as well as in other sectors."
Authority is set to expire on June 30. Without TPA, it will be difficult for the
talks to continue.
According to Appell, "TPA should be extended,
because the collapse in Potsdam means that more time will be needed to get the
negotiations back on track. The United States must continue to lead the
negotiations and we can not do that without TPA."Doha Round
The WTO Doha Round began in 2001 and offers the opportunity to
aggressively cut restrictive tariffs on US pork products around the world. The
average global tariff on pork is 77%.
Appell said that "a large
outcome, particularly in the EU and Japan, is needed to make Doha successful for
pork producers. Currently, the United States supplies far less than 1% of EU
pork consumption, and while Japan is the biggest value market in the world for
US pork exports, there is still enormous potential for growth."
pork industry position in the Doha negotiations was made possible in part
because of the effective working relationship between NPPC and the National Pork
Checkoff Board and their shared goal of increasing US pork
â€¢ National Pork Board
â€¢ National Pork Producers Council
â€¢ European Union
â€¢ World Trade
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