NPPC not happy with EU export subsidies
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is deeply disturbed by the
European Union's decision to reintroduce export subsidies for
The EU action is particularly disappointing in light of the political
commitment it made to end export subsidies on pork and other agricultural
products as a part of the World Trade Organization's Doha Round
â€œThe EU subsidies are a direct blow to U.S. pork producers,â€ said NPPC
president Jill Appell, a producer from Altona, Ill. â€œOur profitability is
increasingly dependent on our exports. The EU subsidies undermine the US pork
industry's hard-earned export sales and will unfairly shift financial pain to
US pork producers, like pork producers in the EU and most other countries,
are in financial turmoil due to very high feed prices and relatively low live
The EU's action, said NPPC, highlights the need to eliminate EU
agricultural export subsidies, including those for pork, as a part of the WTO
Doha Round negotiations. NPPC has stated many times that the U.S. pork industry
only will support a Doha Round agreement if it results in the complete
elimination of export subsidies and provides major market access gains for U.S.
pork in the EU and other key markets around the world.
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