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April 7, 2005

USA/CANADA: Trade body says Canadian hogs don’t harm US industry

The United States International Trade Commission has decided thatimports of live hogs from Canada are not harming the US industry, despite an earlier US Department of Commerce decision that they are sold in the US below a fair value.

The United States International Trade Commission has decided thatimports of live hogs from Canada are not harming the US industry, despite an earlier US Department of Commerce decision that they are sold in the US below a fair value.

As a result of the Commission’s negative determination, no antidumping duty order will be issued.

 “This is a welcome day for our industry, said Canadian Pork Council president Clare Schlegel. “We are extremely pleased with the ITC’s finding. Canadian hogs travelling south for finishing and processing only contribute to the success of our integrated North American industry.”

On 5 March 2004 the US National Pork Producers Council launched petitions against the Canadian hog industry, arguing that hog imports from Canada were both subsidized and sold below fair market value.

The NPPC called the ruling disappointing. “Pork producers believe that supporting the case was the right thing to do for the industry,” said its president Don Buhl. “Canadian producers enjoy an unfair advantage over U.S. producers due to government subsides which shield producers north of the border from market losses and signals to reduce production.”

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