(NAFB)--Chile has determined no action should be taken to limit pork imports. The National Pork Producers Council says this is a big victory for America’s pork producers. Chile initiated a “safeguard” investigation in May on all imported frozen pork - including imports from the U.S. Safeguard measures are temporary emergency actions - such as duty increases - against imported products that have caused or threaten to cause serious injury to the importing country’s domestic industry. The Chilean Pork Producers Association called for a 14.3-percent additional duty on imported pork alleging that pork imports caused losses to its producers. NPPC claimed the charges of harm were unfounded and pleaded the U.S. pork industry’s case against safeguard measures. It pointed out that while U.S. pork exports to Chile have grown over the past eight years - they remain small and stable in relation to pork consumption and production in that country. A Chilean commission - following a 90-day investigation to determine whether safeguard measures should be imposed and at what rate - decided such measures were not warranted. NPPC President Randy Spronk says America’s pork producers are pleased Chile has found U.S. pork exports aren’t harming Chilean pork producers.
Since the implementation of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement in 2005 - NPPC says Chile has become an important market for U.S. pork. Chile was the 12th most valuable export destination for pork products last year - totaling almost 17-thousand metric tons valued at more than 42-million dollars.