Romanian's pork standards too high for domestic producers
For the second year in a row, pork was Romania's top agricultural import in
2005 (almost US$ 400 million worth), due to the fact that domestic supplies are
low and of variable quality.
Romania's decision to implement EU regulations prior to the country's
accession raises potential national treatment concerns under the WTO, as the
measure holds third-country meat products to a higher standard than Romania's
own domestic product.
The regulation sets standards which limits US exports to Romania. Starting October 1,
2006, US pig meat exporters were only allowed to ship to Romania only from EU
approved plants. Despite this, US swine meat exports
have had a significant growth this year.
In terms of quantity, the exports grew by almost 150% during the first 4
months of the year, compared to the same time period in 2005, from 3,096 mt to
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