After Mexican trucks were not allowed to roam freely through the United States, in August, Mexico set an import duty on pork products, all parts of a dispute over the wide-ranging North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). After Mexico levied the import duty, U.S. pork exports to Mexico dropped by 11 percent, according to the National Pork Producers Council.
To resolve the dispute, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed a phase-in of Mexican trucking into the United States.
That's good news to the pork producers.
“Mexico is our largest volume export market,” said NPPC President Sam Carney. “We applaud any effort by the U.S. administration. Every month that the trucking issue goes unresolved, we continue to lose market share in Mexico.”
The United States shipped $762 million in pork products to Mexico in 2009.
Since 1993, the year before the NAFTA was implemented, U.S. pork exports to Mexico have increased by 580 percent, the pork council said.