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·         Panama Pork Tariffs: What Will the Impact Be?

·         Pork export channels rely on education to overcome challenges



Panama Pork Tariffs: What Will the Impact Be?


Sara Brown, FarmJournal's Pork

May 8, 2019


In April, a surge of pork exports to Panama triggered a safeguard measure in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement.


Due to export volume already exceeding 130% of the tariff rate quota (TRQ) included in the agreement, the U.S. Meat Export Federation reports higher tariff rates on U.S. pork were applied April 1 and will remain in effect through the end of this year.


Panama's 2019 out-of-quota tariff rate for most U.S. pork products is 54.4%, but when the safeguard was triggered, this rate increased to 70%. Lower rates apply to some products and the tariff rate on U.S. pork variety meat remains at zero.


While this higher tariff rate will have negative impact on exports to Panama, says Gerardo Rodriguez, USMEF regional marketing director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic, there is still reasons to be optimistic.


“The safeguard trigger is obviously not good,” he explains, “But this is a result of people looking more and more for the product—more interest in finding U.S. pork in Panama.”


While he says the volume of U.S. pork sales might decrease, interest remains high for U.S. premium products.


“We work with a certain niche of people that value what the product is about. And they will keep buying the product. This is not just a commodity market. We're working to develop the markets that we can provide solutions for value added products,” he adds.


The news of the Panama tariff, while important, have been overshadowed by continuing trade disputes with China and Japan...


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Pork export channels rely on education to overcome challenges

Seminar addresses technical issues affecting U.S. pork exports to Latin America.


Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

via National Hog Farmer - May 08, 2019


Latin America is a rapidly growing region for U.S. pork exports, but some individual markets present unique challenges for U.S. exporters. To help its members better understand and overcome these obstacles, the U.S. Meat Export Federation recently conducted an educational seminar for companies exporting pork to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Dominican Republic. Held in Laredo, Texas, with support from the National Pork Board, the seminar included tours of cold storage facilities and a freight-forwarding company serving the Laredo area.


Cheyenne McEndaffer, USMEF director of technical services/access, explains that the seminar was specifically designed for personnel directly involved in export transactions and responsible for ensuring prompt movement and delivery of their companies’ products,


“Most of our interaction with USMEF member companies is with the international sales staff, and we have a lot of discussions with them on high-level market access issues,” she says. “But we really wanted to have a seminar dedicated to people working in areas such as logistics, warehousing and document preparation. This was an opportunity to provide them with valuable information that they can share with their colleagues, and now they know that they can reach out to USMEF on technical challenges they face in a range of international markets.”


Alejandra Valdez, a veterinarian who serves as USMEF’s Mexico City-based technical services manager, identified and explained technical issues that frequently confront exporters serving Mexico and Central America.


“Mexico imports exceptionally large volumes of U.S. pork and for the most part the process runs smoothly,” she says. “But the Mexican government can be very tough on labeling and documentation, so these were topics heavily emphasized in this seminar. Mexico also has very high turnover among its inspection personnel, so it is definitely in the U.S. industry’s interest to minimize documentation errors and ensure that everything is in order before product leaves the exporting establishment.”


Valdez also walked participants through requirements and potential pitfalls for exporters serving Central America, placing a particular emphasis on Guatemala, Honduras and Panama...