A bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging them to push for broad market access for U.S. pork in the countries that are part of the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks. The senators said, “Around the world, however, numerous market access barriers exist that prevent pork exports from contributing even more to the domestic economy.”
The senators reminded the administration that a number of TPP nations currently have highly restrictive trade barriers that limit U.S. pork exports. Japan has a complex system of tariffs that reduce the volume of U.S. pork exports, while other countries have non-tariff barriers that limit U.S. pork exports. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) were joined by 32 senators on the letter. Countries involved in the TPP negotiations are the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.