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NPPC Welcomes Agreement on Meat Exports to Russia

by 5m Editor
30 September 2003, at 12:00am

WASHINGTON - President Bush announced an agreement with the Russian Federation, September 27 2003, that according to National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President, Jon Caspers, will benefit the bottom line of U.S. pork producers ..

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..by increasing the export of pork and other meats from the U.S. to Russia.

"The Russian Federation has taken numerous actions during the past few years that have negatively impacted U.S. pork producers and others in U.S. agriculture," Caspers, a pork producer from Swaledale, Iowa said. "President Bush committed to resolve these problems and he delivered."

"Our producers were really harmed by Russia's restrictions on U.S. poultry exports. Russia is the U.S. poultry industry's number one export market and the Russian restrictions backed up the poultry supply in the U.S. and brought down the prices of U.S. pork and live hogs."

According to Caspers, Russian restrictions on pork imports compounded the problem. "The agreement announced today establishes a country specific quota that will help shield U.S. pork from dumped and subsidized pork exported by Brazil and the European Union to Russia," he said. "Further, the agreement should result in the continued flow of U.S. poultry to Russia."

Caspers also praised United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Zoellick, Chief Agriculture Negotiator Ambassador Allen Johnson, and their staff. "Without their tireless efforts, this fantastic outcome would not have been possible," he said. "I spoke candidly to Ambassador Zoellick and Ambassador Johnson on separate occasions when they were in Iowa this summer about trade issues of concern to U.S. pork producers. It is obvious that they heard us loud and clear."

Source: National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) - 29th September 2003

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