The Commerce Department's provisional placement of antidumping duties of 14% of the declared U.S. customs value on live hog imports from Canada brought words of support from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

“The Commerce Department's determination is compelled by the economic reality of the situation,” says Jon Caspers, NPPC past president and a Swaledale, IA, pork producer.

“Canadian hog producers unfairly benefit from huge subsidies that cause overproduction in Canada and allow Canadian producers to sell their hogs in the U.S. at artificially low prices. The flood of low-priced hogs from Canada has pushed down U.S. hog prices and inflicted severe hardships on U.S. hog producers,” he notes.