U.S. Pork Exports: October Trade Update

The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) set to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), was signed by President Donald Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while attending the recent G20 Summit in Buenos Aries, Argentina. Though signed, the agreement now awaits approval and ratification by each country. […]

Mexico: U.S. Pork’s Leading Volume Market

by Clay Eastwood, Manager of International Marketing Monthly Market Highlight Amid recent trade tensions with the U.S. and Mexico, the Mexican market remains U.S. pork’s top market by volume through September 2018. In response to the U.S. Section 232 steel and aluminium tariffs, Mexico increased duties on most U.S. pork from zero to 20 percent […]

U.S. Pork Exports: September Trade Update

In mid-October, the U.S. Trade Representative announced intent to negotiate bilateral trade agreements with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, thus creating optimism for agricultural trade. After the October 1st announcement of the United States, Mexico, and Canada (USMCA) trilateral trade agreement, direct impacts for the U.S. pork industry remain to be seen […]

Colombia: Continued Growth for U.S. Pork Exports

by Clay Eastwood, Manager of International Marketing Monthly Market Highlight Colombia continues to be at the forefront of rapidly expanding U.S. pork export markets. In 2017, U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports to South America were up 57 percent by volume and 58 percent by value. Specifically, U.S. pork and pork variety meats to […]

Importance of U.S. Export Markets Seen on International Mission

by Derrick Sleezer, International Marketing Committee Vice Chair I recently returned home from the National Pork Board’s International Marketing Committee Asia Mission that included stops in Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Macau. As my first trip to Asia, I really had no idea what to expect. Before the trade mission, I fully understood that the […]

It’s A Small World, After All

by Glenn Stolt, President and CEO, Christensen Farms I recently participated in the National Pork Board’s International Marketing Committee ten-day immersion mission to Asia. While in Hong Kong we met with forty of their largest importers—the people that decide whether our U.S. pork and pork products are the ones that will be sold in retail […]

South Korea: A Bright Spot for U.S. Pork Exports

by Clay Eastwood, manager of International Marketing Monthly Market Highlight South Korea is a booming and rapidly expanding market for U.S. pork exports. In 2017, U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports to Korea increased 28 percent by volume and were valued at $457 million – up 30 percent year-over-year and the second highest year […]

From Port to Port: International Marketing Committee Departs for Asia

by Craig Morris, Ph.D., Vice President of International Marketing Last week, the Pork Checkoff Board of Directors met in Seattle, Washington. As part of the meeting, we visited the Port of Seattle, which, incidentally, is the third largest gateway port for U.S. pork and pork products. We watched massive ships get loaded with brightly colored […]

Heartland Tour Allows #TeamPork to Shine

by Craig Morris, Ph.D., Vice President of International Marketing I recently joined Gregg Hora, David Newman, Conley Nelson and other agriculture commodity leaders on the 2018 Japan Heartland Tour, orchestrated by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). The goal of this trip was to build relationships with key buyers and influencers in the region and […]

Learning Where “The Puck Will Be” with U.S. Exports on an International Mission

By Jan Archer, National Pork Board member “Skate to where the puck will be.” While that quote is often attributed to the great hockey player Wayne Gretzky, Wayne himself credits his Dad with this particular pearl of wisdom. The National Pork Board’s (NPB) International Marketing Committee (IMC) is tasked with helping to figure out where […]