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House Members Call for End to Thailand's Ban on U.S. Pork

Friday, May 25, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members sent a letter to Virachai Plasai, Thailand's ambassador to the U.S., calling for the removal of restrictions on imports of U.S. farm products, including U.S. pork. The letter indicates the U.S. may suspend trade benefits enjoyed by Thailand, if the country fails to grant reciprocal access to American goods, including pork.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently agreed with a request from the National Pork Producers Council to review Thailand's eligibility for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which allows Thailand to export certain products to the U.S. duty-free. Thailand is the second largest user of the GSP program, having exported $3.9 billion worth of products to the U.S. in 2016. The request urges the Trump administration to withdraw or limit the benefits Thailand receives under the preferential trade program.

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